Update: Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Releases Statement For Hayes

NEW YORK (RUSHPRNEWS)August 11, 2008 -As previously reported, Soul music legend Isaac Hayes passed away yesterday (August 10). The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame released a statement regarding the passing of Hayes.

Jim Henke, Vice President of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs: “Isaac Hayes was a multi-talented artist whose body of work had a tremendous influence on the music of the last 40 years. In the 1960s and early 1970s, he was a songwriter, producer, pianist and vocalist for Stax Records, and he played a crucial role in the development of Memphis soul music. Among his many accomplishments, he helped write such classic hits as ‘Soul Man,’ ‘Hold On’, I’m Coming,’ and ‘B-A-B-Y.'”

“His solo career included such classics as ‘Hot Buttered Soul’ and the soundtrack to the movie Shaft. His work as a solo artist laid the groundwork for disco, and eventually rap and hip-hop. Later, he embarked on a successful acting career,” he continued.
“He was a truly talented artist and he will be sorely missed.”

His presence in hip-hop was felt thought collaborations with RZA, Ice Cube, and Guru. His work has also been sampled by Jay-Z (“Can I Live”) and The Geto Boys (“My Mind Playin Tricks On Me”). Hayes was perhaps best remembered for his musical scoring of the 1971 flick Shaft.


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