Image #: 6181966    Isaac Hayes, 28,  at Stax Record Co. in 1971. A wild clotheshorse, his closets were crammed with such stuff as formal tails and knickers, crushed velvet pantsuits, leopard coats, fur suits and snakeskin boots. "We're used to it," said a receptionist at Stax. "One of the enjoyable things about working here is seeing what Isaac will wear next." Hayes and another Memphis musician, David Porter, wrote and produced a string of hits including Sam & Dave's "Soul Man" at Stax. Hayes began recording himself and earned a gold record with his second album, "Hot Buttered Soul". In 1972,  Hayes won an Oscar for best song, "Theme from Shaft".   Charles Nicholas/Commercial Appeal /Landov

Isaac Hayes


Isaac Hayes was a singer/songwriter who-along with writing partner David Porter- powered the soul sound of Stax Records.  In the 1960s Hayes began showcasing his own deep-textured voice, recording successful solo albums, including Hot Buttered Soul and Black Moses, which earned him a Grammy in 1972.  That same year he won an Academy Award for "Theme from Shaft."  Outside of music, Hayes also ventured into film and TV, including lending his voice to the character Chef on the popular adult cartoon, South Park.  After suffering a stroke, Hayes died in 2008.