R&B, Blues, Soul & Stax

Celebrate Hayes


Isaac Hayes would've turned 70 today. The NPR Music blog re-posted a great history of his most famous song, "Theme From Shaft." From the post: It was 1971 and the Stax house composer and low-down vocalist Isaac Hayes was hot and sought after having sold millions of records. "They wanted to have a black leading man, a black director and a black composer," Hayes recalls. "So since I was Stax's number one artist at the time, they chose me."

Read the whole thing at NPR.org and don't forget to check out the Stax Shaft Deluxe Edition