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Isaac Hayes


Isaac Hayes is born in Covington, Tennessee.


Isaac Hayes plays keyboards on his first session for Stax Records, which yields the Otis Redding classics “Respect” and “I’ve Been Lovin’ You Too Long.”


“Soul Man,” by Isaac Hayes, tops the R&B chart and peaks at #2 on the pop chart. The song is one of 200 written by the team of Isaac Hayes and David Porter for Stax Records artists.


‘Hot Buttered Soul,’ the album that introduces Isaac Hayes to the world, enters the album chart, where it will peak at #8.


“Walk On By” b/w “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” becomes Isaac Hayes’ first charting single as a solo artist – and a double-sided hit, to boot.


“Theme from ‘Shaft,’” by Isaac Hayes, reaches #1 for the first of two weeks. Shaft, the soundtrack album from which it came, hits #1 as well.


‘Black Moses,’ the double album that introduces Isaac Hayes’ most memorable guise, is released.


Isaac Hayes wins an Academy Award for “Theme from ‘Shaft,’” making him the first African-American composer to be so honored. It also won two Grammys, a Golden Globe award and the NAACP Image Award.


“Joy,” by Isaac Hayes, enters the R&B charts, where it will peak at #7. It will be the last time he cracks the R&B Top Ten until 1986.


Isaac Hayes makes the Top Twenty with “Don’t Let Go,” a disco remake of an old R&B hit.


“Ike’s Rap,” by Isaac Hayes - a comeback single with an anti-crack message - enters the R&B chart, where it will peak at #9.


Isaac Hayes is crowned a king in Ghana for his humanitarian work and economic efforts on the country’s behalf.


Isaac Hayes is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the seventeenth annual induction dinner. Alicia Keys is his presenter.


Isaac Hayes passes away.