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Isaac Hayes
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Isaac Hayes performs at the International Amphitheater in Chicago as part of the annual PUSH Black Expo, October 1973
Background information
Birth name Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr.
Born August 20, 1942(1942-08-20)
Covington, Tennessee, U.S.
Died August 10, 2008(2008-08-10) (aged 65)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres R&B, funk, soul, disco
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, arranger, record producer, and actor
Instruments Piano, keyboards, vocals, saxophone
Years active 1962–2008
Labels Enterprise/Stax, ABC, Columbia Records, Pointblank
Associated acts David Porter, Booker T. & the MGs, The Bar-Kays

Isaac Hayes (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American soul singer, songwriter, and actor. He was also known for playing Chef in South Park, but he left this role because he did not like it when South Park made fun of Scientology, which was his religion. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the theme from Shaft, a 1971 film.


Hayes was found on the floor of his house on August 10, 2008. He was taken to the hospital, and died there, of a stroke.

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