Monday, August 11, 2008

Isaac Hayes (1942-2008)


Memphis, Tennessee--What can you say if you're 30-and-up? Besides the late James Brown, the living George Clinton, and the late Ike Turner, nobody innovated R&B and pop music as much as this guy. Sam & Dave's "Hold on, I'm Comin' " was written by Hayes, and it's probably one of the most powerful R&B singles ever written. You can almost see the riots of the 1960s listening to it. I'll also remember Isaac Hayes as the "Duke of N.Y." from John Carpenter's classic "Escape from New York." He was A-NUMBER-ONE. An Isaac Hayes only comes along every few generations.