Monday morning is not going so well as I bring you more unfortunate news. A huge icon of mine and many others, Issac Hayes, has passed. Some relatives found Hayes dead yesterday next to his treadmill that was still running in his home in Memphis. He is best known for his writing and recording of the “Theme From Shaft” for the original film Shaft in 1971. The song quickly reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Hayes is an icon of American soul music with his funk sound stemming from southern soul.
Hayes accomplished an Academy Award for Best Original Song and three Grammy awards throughout his lifetime. Hayes was also a big humanitarian and was titled an honorary king of Ghana’s Ada district. He was also the beloved voice of “Chef” on South Park until 2006. Hayes was an amazingly talented man and will be GREATLY missed. RIP Mr. Hayes.