Isaac HayesIsaac Hayes
) is a influential soul
singer. He began his recording career in 1962
, soon playing saxophone
for The Mar-Keys. After a period of activity with Stax Records
, Hayes released Presenting Isaac Hayes
, a moderate success recorded immediately following a wild party. Hot Buttered Soul
) was a breakthrough success, and established his image (gold jewelry, sunglasses, etc) which eventually became a template for much of the fashion of gangsta rap
and similar trends in the 1980s
. Hayes' biggest hit was 1971
, the title track of which clearly presaged disco
. Black Moses
) became almost as successful.
By 1975, Hayes left Stax Records and formed his own label called Hot Buttered Soul Records. A series of unsuccessful albums led to Hayes' bankruptcy in 1976. The late 1970s saw a major comeback for Hayes, following the release of A Man and a Woman (1977, with Dionne Warwick). In spite of moderate success as a singer, Hayes' records did not sell very well. By the late 1990s, he was best known as the voice of Chef on South Park.