Isaac Hayes died today. He was 65. Hayes’ “Theme from Shaft” is imbedded in our brains (or at least for people my age) and there weren’t many who could get away with singing “Who’s the black private dickThat’s a sex machine to all the chicks? Shaft! You’re damn right” way back when but Hayes did and they gave him a #1 record and every award they could for doing it.
If you know music history, then his history (Stax/Volt, Sam & Dave, funk) is well known. I knew him for his unqiue music, for his delightful appearances on my all-time favorite television show (“The Rockford Files”, he played Gandolph “Gandy” Fitch and called James Rockford “Rock-fish”) and for nights at the disco (hey, I’m not going to lie, that’s where the women were).
Sad to see Isaac Hayes pass away. He was on the radio and his records were playing when plenty of good things happened in my life.