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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Baby Boomers: What We Didn't Know About Isaac Hayes

Been falling down on the real estate postings lately, no good news there anyway, so here's another edition of Baby Boomer Thursday....

Isaac Hayes died on August 10, 2008. The main things that get mentioned about him are of course, Shaft, (1971), the Academy Award winning song and the film. He was also the inimitable voice of Chef on the more recent and raucous South Park.

In fact, Hayes made huge behind the scenes mark in music some years before Shaft, and decades before Chef was born, while working at Stax Records in Memphis, TN.

The Stax label is often lumped in with its more famous cousin, Motown, as American soul music. But it was Hayes, with longtime collaborator David Porter, and Booker T and the MG's who formulated what would be known as Memphis Soul on Stax.

To realize his impact, before we knew who he was, consider just a few the songs that he wrote such as, Soul Man, Hold On I'm Coming, and I Thank You, all by Sam and Dave.

Consider his Top 20 work with Booker T and the MG's, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, and the sadly overlooked Carla Thomas, who gave us this week's media clip. The song is known simply as Baby, and it peaked at #14 in the year 1965. (2 minutes and 52 seconds.)

ENJOY !

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