Can we please have a moment of silence . . .
For soul legend Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (affectionately known as Black Moses) who died Sunday in Memphis, Tennessee. His wife, Adjowa, found the 65-year-old Isaac unresponsive in his home next to a treadmill that was still running. Isaac was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after 2 p.m. ET. The cause of death has not been determined, but family members believe that Isaac collapsed after working out.
"I've lost one of my best buddies and it is not easy to reckon with," said Dionne Warwick, whose song "Walk on By" Isaac covered in 1968. "My buddy will be missed for many reasons by me. He was 'family' . . . he will be a part of my musical life each time I sing the song 'Deja Vu' as this was a birthday gift to me from him. My family and I send sincere heart-felt condolences to his family for their enormous loss, and we will hold them in continuous prayer."
A self-taught musician, Isaac was a longtime artist and songwriter for Stax Records. The singer co-wrote such classic hits as "Soul Man" and "Hold On I'm Comin'" for labelmates Sam & Dave. The singer was best known for his 1972 Oscar-winning hit "Theme From Shaft," which also won him two Grammys. He received a third Grammy for the album Black Moses. Isaac also had a successful film and television career, most notably voicing the character Chef on Comedy Central's animated series South Park. In 2002, Isaac was enshrined into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Isaac is survived by his wife, Adjowa, their 2-year-old son, Nana Kwadjo Hayes, 12 other children (from previous relationships), 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Tributes Around the Web:
Next to James Brown, Isaac Hayes' music was heavily sampled by various rap artists. The 10-minute funk ode, "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic," is most familar -- Public Enemy used the piano riff for "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" (from It Takes a Nation of Millions . . .).
A blogger remembers Isaac Hayes when he had a full head of hair and was in a 60's vocal group called The Playboys.
Isaac Hayes -- "Theme from Shaft" (Live)
Isaac Hayes -- "Do Your Thing"
Isaac Hayes -- "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic"
Rest in Power Isaac, you were definitely one bad mutha -- "shut your mouth."