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Studio Sessions

Al Green performs during the 2009 Essence Music Festival at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.

April 2, 2012 Celebrate the Tennessee swagger with sessions by Booker T, Al Green, Isaac Hayes and Steve Cropper.

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Interviews & Profiles

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August 11, 2008 In an archival interview, Hayes talks about the early days of Stax and his role in Shaft.

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August 11, 2008 Former owner of Stax Records, Al Bell, and vocalist Rhonda Thomas remember Isaac Hayes.

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August 11, 2008 Throaty crooner and South Park regular Isaac Hayes is remembered for shaping soul music.

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August 11, 2008 The singer and composer whose signature sound influenced disco and rap died Sunday. He was 65.

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August 10, 2008 The legendary soul singer wrote the "Theme From Shaft."

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July 27, 2007 The singer was one of soul music's stars, going gold with Hot Buttered Soul in the '70s.

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November 14, 2005 Isaac Hayes talks about his long career, his influence on hip-hop and new Stax retrospective.

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November 11, 2005 A newly released three-disc set charts the soul icon's storied career.

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News

August 11, 2008 Former owner of Stax Records, Al Bell, and vocalist Rhonda Thomas remember Isaac Hayes.

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August 11, 2008 Throaty crooner and South Park regular Isaac Hayes is remembered for shaping soul music.

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August 11, 2008 The singer and composer whose signature sound influenced disco and rap died Sunday. He was 65.

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August 10, 2008 The legendary soul singer wrote the "Theme From Shaft."

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March 18, 2006 Singer Isaac Hayes lent his mellow voice to loveable Chef. A matter of faith prompts him to leave.

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More Stories

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December 21, 2000 Shaft had the moves because his music had the grooves, the music of Isaac Hayes.

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Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It

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  • Album: Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It
  • Artist: Isaac Hayes
  • Label: Stax
  • Released: 2005
 

Black Moses

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  • Album: Black Moses
  • Artist: Isaac Hayes
  • Label: Fan/Stax
  • Released: 1971
 

Shaft

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  • Album: Shaft
  • Artist: Isaac Hayes
  • Label: Stax
  • Released: 1971