Sunday, August 10, 2008

RIP Isaac Hayes

He won Grammys and an Oscar for his theme for Shaft, that rare occasion when the Academy Awards were in sync with musical trends--and it was a terrific choice. Contributing the voice of Chef on South Park brought him right up to date. But for sci-fans of a certain age, Hayes will always be remembered as The Duke, in John Carpenter's Escape from New York (1981). Farewell to A-No. 1, gone too soon. (But he and Bernie Mac share a posthumous credit in the upcoming Soul Men, a title that rubs me the wrong way at this moment.)

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