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Saturday, 19 October 2013
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " ISAAC HAYES " FEW FIGUES EXERTED GREATER INFLUNCE OVER THE MUSIC OF THE 1960s AND 1970s : THIS MUSICIAN CAREER WHICH PREDATED NOT ONLY THE DISCO BUT ALSO THE EVOLUTION OF RAP : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY
Hayes was born on August 20, 1942, in Covington, TN; his parents died during his infancy, and he was raised by his grandparents. After making his public debut singing in church at the age of five, he taught himself piano, organ, and saxophone before moving to Memphis to perform on the city's club circuit in a series of short-lived groups like Sir Isaac and the Doo-Dads, the Teen Tones, and Sir Calvin and His Swinging Cats. In 1962, he began his recording career, cutting sides for a variety of local labels.
Two years later, Hayes began playing sax with the Mar-Keys, which resulted in the beginning of his long association with Stax Records. After playing on several sessions for Otis Redding, Hayes was tapped to play keyboards in the Stax house band, and eventually established a partnership with songwriter David Porter. Under the name the Soul Children, the Hayes-Porter duo composed some 200 songs, reeling off a string of hits for Stax luminaries like Sam & Dave (the brilliant "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby," "Soul Man," and "Hold on, I'm Comin'"), Carla Thomas("B-A-B-Y"), and Johnnie Taylor ("I Got to Love Somebody's Baby," "I Had a Dream").