Isaac Hayes – whose taste and talent as a songwriter, producer and showman have been underappreciated – died today at his home near Memphis. The cause of death is unknown.
Hayes was 10 days short of his 66th birthday.
Two months ago, he performed a concert at Prospect Park in Brooklyn. A video clip from that show is embedded below.
I’m also streaming one of Hayes’s early solo hits. Click here to hear his cover version of “Never Can Say Goodbye.”
This was a Top-40 hit for Hayes in the summer of 1971, released only a few weeks after the Jackson 5’s smash original.
Before that year was over, Isaac Hayes had a monster hit of his own... “Theme from Shaft.” He would win an Academy Award for that composition.