Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Isaac Hayes

so, Isaac Hayes passed away on August 10th. I think that instead of trying to sum up the details of his life and career, I'll just direct you to his hometown newspaper, here. I will say that in remembering Hayes it's too easy to focus on the outrageous (a 12 minute psychedelic version of "Walk Away Renee," the wah-wahriffic Shaft soundtrack, the early 70s album covers, Chef) and overlook the fact that he wrote or cowrote songs like "Hold On, I'm Coming" and "Soul Man" which have worked their way into the DNA of American, and specifically Memphibian music. He'll be missed.

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