Isaac Hayes was a KING. His ear for music is simply untouchable! Being one of the forces behind the legendary Stax Records , Isaac produced and wrote some of the most amazing songs ever.

In addition to his work as a singer, producer & songwriter, he was a composer for some of the iconic soundtracks for Black movies like Shaft.

Another iconic fact about Isaac is that he’s the third African-American to win an Academy Award behind Hattie McDaniel & Sidney Poitier. A DAMN LEGEND!

Isaac’s music has been sampled by some of the greatest artists ever! The legend’s impact will never fade away!

The 1960s:

Albums Released: Presenting Isaac Hayes, Hot Buttered Soul.

Isaac’s career began as an in house session player for acts signed to Stax! He wrote songs & produced for Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, and countless other acts. He was credited for giving Stax artists their sounds and style.

His debut album was released in 1968!

In 1969, Isaac’s second album “Hot Buttered Soul” is considered a landmark in soul music! His cover of Dionne Warwick’s “Walk on By” is simply phenomenal. He turned 3 minute pop songs into 12 minute gospel inspired soulful bops! 😩😩

The 1970s:

Albums Released: The Isaac Hayes Movement, …To Be Continued, Shaft, Three Tough Guys, Truck Turner, Black Moses, Joy, Chocolate Chip, Disco Connection, Groove-A-Thon, Juicy Fruit (Disco Freak,) New Horizon, For The Sake Of Love, HotBed, Don’t Let Go.

Isaac’s streak was HOT in the 70s, from his own studio albums to the soundtracks to blaxploitation films that were LIFE! & Shaft is recognized by the Library Of Congress for being culturally significant. PONDER THAT!

Isaac was jamming through the 70s with BOPS for the PEOPLE!

The 1980s:

Albums Released: And Once Again, Lifetime Thing, U-Turn, Love Attack.

Isaac’s albums in the 80s were litty!

The 1990s:

Albums Released: Wonderful, Raw & Refined, Branded.

One of my favorite songs from Isaac is his duet with Barry White! They snapped!

Isaac’s final album is LIFE! Okay!

Isaac passed away in 2008, but his legacy will always live on! There will never be another soulful dude like him, period!