Isaac Hayes
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"Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr." was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and producer. Hayes was one of the creative forces behind the southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an in-house songwriter and as a record producer, teaming with his partner David Porter (musician)/David Porter during the mid-1960s. Hayes, Porter, Bill Withers, the Sherman Brothers, Steve Cropper, and John Fogerty were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of writing scores of notable songs for themselves, the duo Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, and others. Hayes is also a 2002 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The hit song "Soul Man (song)/Soul Man", written by Hayes and Porter and first performed by Sam & Dave, has been recognized as one of the most influential songs of the past 50 years by the Grammy Hall of Fame. It was also honored by The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, by Rolling Stone (magazine)/Rolling Stone magazine, and by the RIAA as one of the Songs of the Century. During the late 1960s, Hayes also began recording music and he had several successful soul albums such as Hot Buttered Soul (1969) and Black Moses (album)/Black Moses (1971). In addition to his work in popular music, he worked as a film score composer/composer of musical scores for motion pictures.

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I'm delighted to be a part of this national celebration. Rock 'n' roll began in Memphis, and the city continues to be a focal point of enormous musical creativity today.

Don't slip into the traps, and don't forget about your 'hood, the kids in the 'hood. Remember, you're disposable, so take advantage while you can.

Hey, let me tell you I worked years to achieve artistic excellence, ... and then all of a sudden, I get involved in this stupid, crazy, insane cartoon and now I'm hotter than I've ever been. I love it. I love it.

Know the business, learn the business, own something.

It wasn't authorized. He didn't get permission.

Thanks for saving me from the drive Shaft!

It's a very exciting and validating experience to be recognized ... along with all those giants of the music business.

If you enjoy the fragrance of a rose, you must accept the thorns which it bears.