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saac Lee Hayes Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American singer, songwriter, actor, and producer. He has been one of the creative forces behind the Southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an in-house songwriter and as a session musician and record producer, teaming with his partner David Porter during the mid-1960s. Hayes and Porter were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of writing scores of songs for themselves, the duo Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, and others. In 2002, Hayes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“Soul Man“, written by Hayes and Porter and first performed by Sam & Dave, was recognized as one of the most influential songs of the past 50 years by the Grammy Hall of Fame. It was also honored by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, by Rolling Stone magazine, and by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) as one of the Songs of the Century. During the late 1960s, Hayes also began a career as a recording artist. He had several successful soul albums such as Hot Buttered Soul (1969) and Black Moses (1971). In addition to his work in popular music, he worked as a composer of musical scores for motion pictures.
Hayes was known for his musical score for the film Shaft (1971). For the “Theme from Shaft“, he was awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1972. He became the third black person after Hattie McDaniel and Sidney Poitier, to win an Oscar in any competitive field covered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He also won two Grammy Awards for that same year. Later, he was given his third Grammy for his music album Black Moses.
In 1992, Hayes was crowned honorary king of the Ada region of Ghana in recognition of his humanitarian work there. He acted in motion pictures and television, such as in the movies Truck Turner and I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, and as Gandolf “Gandy” Fitch in the TV series The Rockford Files (1974–1980). He voiced the character Chef from the animated Comedy Central series South Park from its debut in 1997 until 2006. His influences were Percy Mayfield, Big Joe Turner, James Brown, Jerry Butler, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, and psychedelic soul groups like The Chambers Brothers and Sly and the Family Stone.
On August 5, 2003, Hayes was honored as a BMI Icon at the 2003 BMI Urban Awards for his enduring influence on generations of music makers. Throughout his songwriting career, Hayes received five BMI R&B Awards, two BMI Pop Awards, two BMI Urban Awards and six Million-Air citations. As of 2008, his songs generated more than 12 million performances.
When told by Roman officials to surrender the church’s valuables, St. Lawrence brought the city’s poor and sick. “Here is the church’s treasure,” he said. Rome didn’t find this amusing, and legend says he was put to death in A.D. 258 by being roasted on a grate, although some scholars say he was more likely beheaded. In either case, folks in southern Europe still mark this day. It is customary there to eat only cold meat in recognition of the reputed manner of his death. Fair weather on St. Lawrence’s Day presages a fair autumn.
- 1821: MISSOURI, THE SECOND STATE TO BE CREATED FROM THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE, WAS ADMITTED TO THE UNION AS THE 24TH STATE200 Years Ago
- 1846: THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION WAS ESTABLISHED AT THE BEQUEST OF JAMES SMITHSON; THE REASON FOR THE BEQUEST REMAINS UNKNOWN
- BORN 1874: HERBERT HOOVER (31ST U.S. PRESIDENT)
- 1876: ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL RECEIVED THE FIRST LONG-DISTANCE PHONE CALL IN BRANTFORD, ONTARIO, FROM HIS FATHER WHO WAS 8 MILES AWAY IN PARIS, ONTARIO
- DIED 1896: OTTO LILIENTHAL (GERMAN AVIATOR WHOSE WORK MADE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE SUCCESS OF THE WRIGHT BROTHERS)
- BORN 1940: BOBBY HATFIELD (ONE OF THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS)
- BORN 1942: BETSY JOHNSON (DESIGNER)
- DIED 1945: ROBERT GODDARD (ROCKET SCIENTIST)
- BORN 1947: IAN ANDERSON (MUSICIAN)
- 2003: FIRST EARTH/SPACE WEDDING. RUSSIAN COSMONAUT YURI MALENCHENKO, ABOARD THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION (ISS), MARRIED EKATERINA DMITRIEV, ON EARTH
- 2004: FOR THE FIRST TIME IN CANADA, A COURT ORDERED A MAN TO GIVE HIS EX-WIFE MONTHLY SUPPORT PAYMENTS FOR THEIR DOG. THE MAN WAS TOLD TO PAY $200 A MONTH IN ALIMONY TOWARDS THE UPKEEP OF THE COUPLES’ ST. BERNARD
- DIED 2008: ISAAC HAYES (SINGER & SONGWRITER)