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10 Aug 2008

Isaac Hayes :: August 20, 1942 - August 10, 2008

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Soul legend Isaac Hayes died today at the age of 65. He would have turned 66 in 10 days.

Hayes was a longtime songwriter and arranger for Stax Records in Memphis, playing in the studio's backup band and crafting tunes for artists such as Otis Redding and Sam & Dave in the 1960s.

From the late 1990s through 2006, Hayes provided the voice of "Chef" for Comedy Central's animated series "South Park," as well as numerous songs.

The role introduced him to a new generation of fans, but he left after the show lampooned his own religion, the Church of Scientology.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. In a CNN interview at the time, Hayes credited his success to "adjusting and constantly evolving, expanding and trying to stay as young as I can."

Rest in peace, Isaac...

Isaac Hayes - I Never Can Say Goodbye {purchase}:

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