Thursday, July 06, 2017

A word about Isaac Hayes (1942-2008)




Isaac Hayes died in 2008.


Hayes was one of my favorite performers, specially his groundbreaking Shaft soundtrack:
"The arrival of the Shaft movie, soundtrack double-LP, and theme-song single in the summer 1971 was a career-defining event - the image of Isaac Hayes loomed at least as large as the film's star Richard Roundtree or director Gordon Parks, and all three embodied a new era of Black empowerment.

Shaft was the first album in history by a solo black artist to hit #1 on both the Pop and R&B chart (14 weeks, making it the #3 R&B album of the entire decade of the '70s).

At the Academy Awards the following year, Hayes became the first African-American composer to win the Oscar for Best Musical Score.

In addition to generating three Grammy awards, the music from Shaft won a Golden Globe award, the NAACP Image Award, and the prestigious Edison award, Europe's highest music honor."
It was a great album!




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