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Isaac Hayes

Long before becoming the voice of Chef on television's South Park, Isaac Hayes was once the self-appointed "Black Moses" of Soul. Beginning his career as a songwriting duo with David Porter, he penned such foot-stompers as "Hold On, I'm Comin'" and "Soul Man" for the immortal Stax label. It wasn't until the 1969 release of the much sampled and deservedly canonized Hot Buttered Soul that he became known as a solo performer. The record provided a cracking Funk backdrop (courtesy of the Bar-Kays) over symphonic arrangements. This formula worked to wider acclaim on the Oscar-winning Shaft soundtrack. His influential "bedroom funk" continued up until the late 1970s, when his work became more Disco-related. Still capable of releasing solid records (see the 1995 release Raw and Refined), Isaac Hayes took Soul to epic, theatrical proportions. This is a man who wore a gold chain-mail waistcoat onstage and could arguably out-love Barry White in a heartbeat.

Isaac Hayes Concert Films

  • Live at Montreux

    Isaac Hayes

    Year: 2004

    Runtime: 1 hr 42 min

    Isaac Hayes is one of the most influential and respected figures in Black American music. In a career that dates back to the start of the sixties he has had top selling singles, released ground breaking albums, composed the Grammy and Oscar winning film score for "Shaft", supplied the voice of Chef in "South Park" and written innumerable hit songs for other artists. Isaac Hayes has made several appearances at Montreux but this one, his most recent appearance from 2005, undoubtedly captures him at his very best with trademark performances of all his best-known tracks.

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