August 16, 2008
ISAAC HAYES 8/20/42 – 8/10/08
“While I was in Memphis, back in 1972, looking for a composer to write the theme song for the WB film “Cleopatra Jones”. I went to Stax Records, where longtime friend and sometime co-writer Steve Cropper (“Dock Of The Bay”, “In The Midnight Hour”) took me on a tour of the facility. The one office that really stood out was Isaac Hayes’. It was decorated with African primitive furniture, native tapas, and floor to ceiling zebra skins covering the walls.
Behind a magnificently carved wooden desk, he had a wooden chair, with elephant tusks for armrests, trimmed in ivory, worthy of a Nubian king! Unfortunately, he was having problems with the government and didn’t come into work that day. Though I never met him I always wondered If, had I gotten him to do the score for “Cleopatra Jones”, how it might’ve
Issac Hayes, R.I.P. Rock in Perpetuity!
Respectfully, Artie Wayne
As I was searching YouTube I found these incredible videos! Isaac Hayes and his academy award winning “Theme from Shaft” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNa0_u9UiJc
The “Theme from Shaft” and “Cafe Reggio” Isaac actually scoring the film 1971 (Rare)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgj_g_qQG50
Isaac Hayes and “Walk On By” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5tqAbrZeX0
From my forthcoming book, “I Did It For A Song”
Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne
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