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  • Raised by his sharecropper grandparents.
  • Made singing debut in church at age 5.
  • Taught himself to play piano, organ and saxophone.
  • Joined Stax Records as a backup pianist in 1964, where his first session was with Otis Redding.
  • Cowrote (with David Porter) such all-time classics as "Soul Man" and "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby."
  • Laid the groundwork for both disco and rap with such classic LPs as Hot Buttered Soul (1969), The Isaac Hayes Movement (1970) and Shaft (1971).
  • Nicknamed "Black Moses."
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
  • Gave voice to South Park's Chef until 2006, when he quit after an episode criticized Scientology.
  • Involved in humanitarian efforts in the West African country of Ghana; his commitment was honored by King Nene Kubi III, who bestowed a kingship on Hayes in 1992. at his coronation, Hayes was given the royal moniker Nene KateyOcansey I.


  • 1971, Grammy — Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special: Winner
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1972, Grammy — Best Pop Instrumental Performance by an Arranger, Composer, Orchestra and/or Choral Leader: Winner
  • 1971, Grammy — Best Instrumental Arrangement: Winner
  • 1972, BAFTA Film Awards — The Anthony Asquith Award: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1971, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song--Original for the Picture): Winner
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1971, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Dramatic Score): Nominee


  • Veronica — Daughter
  • Mignon Harley — Ex-wife
  • Isaac Hayes Sr. — Father
  • Willette — Sister
  • Heather — Daughter
  • Ike III — Son
  • Nana Kwadjo Hayes — Son
  • Eula Hayes — Mother
  • Felicia — Daughter
  • Adjowa Hayes — Wife

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  • Birth Name: Isaac Lee Hayes Jr.
  • Birth Place: Covington, Tennessee, United States
  • Died: August 10, 2008
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Actor

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