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Happy Birthday, Isaac Hayes

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One of the key figures at Stax on stage and off, Isaac Hayes, was born today, August 20, 1942 in Covington, TN. Raised by his grandparents, Hayes began singing in church at age five and eventually taught himself to play several instruments–piano, organ, and saxophone–before later moving to Memphis for club gigs. That versatitlity and a talent for songwriting and producing helped him become one of  the architects of the Memphis soul sound at Stax. After working in the house band for artists like Otis Redding, he began writing hits with his partner Dave Porter. The two became a creative powerhouse, crafting over 200 songs, many of them becoming classics for Sam & Dave (“Soul Man,”), Carla Thomas (“B-A-B-Y”), and Johnnie Taylor (“I Had a Dream”).

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Hayes launched a solo career in 1967 with “Presenting Isaac Hayes,” but it was his distinctive wah-wah guitar-fueled “Theme From Shaft” that made him a household name across America and all over the world. Can ya dig it?

The title track from the 1971 blaxploitation film “Shaft” soundtrack went on to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Not only was it a memorable hit but Isaac Hayes was the first African-American to win an Oscar in that category.

When his music career waned, Hayes shifted to acting and was a regular on “The Rockford Files,” and had roles in movies such as “Truck Turner,” “Hustle & Flow,” and “Escape From New York.” In 1997, Hayes became popular to a new generation of fans when he provided the voice of Jerome “Chef” McElroy, one of the characters on the cartoon TV series “South Park.” Chef was an immediate hit and even though he was a school cafeteria worker, he often broke into song like this raunchy track from Chef Aid:

In 2002, Isaac Hayes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was in ill health on August 10, 2008, when he collapsed at his home in Memphis and died from a stroke ten days before his 66th birthday.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music
926 East McLemore Avenue
Memphis, TN 38106
Phone: (901) 942-7685
http://www.staxmuseum.com/

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Background and Resources

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Memphis Travel
http://www.memphistravel.com/

Memphis Travel – Mobile Apps
http://www.memphistravel.com/interactive-map#mobileapp

Memphis Magazine
http://www.memphismagazine.com/

ILoveMemphis Blog
http://ilovememphisblog.com/

Memphis History
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memphis,_TN

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National Civil Rights Museum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Civil_Rights_Museum

Unpublished MLK Assassination Photos
http://life.time.com/history/mlk-assassination-photos-from-memphis-tennessee-april-4-1968/#1

Graceland
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graceland

Memphis Trolley
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MATA_Trolley

Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memphis_Railroad_%26_Trolley_Museum

Memphis Central Station
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Station_(Memphis)

Gibson Guitars
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibson_Guitars

Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burkle_Estate#Slave_Haven_Underground_Railroad_Museum

The Cotton Museum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton_museum

Steamboats of the Mississippi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steamboats_of_the_Mississippi

Ernest C. Withers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Withers

Memphis Rock ‘n Soul Museum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memphis_Rock_N%27_Soul_Museum

The Orpheum Theatre
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orpheum_Theatre_(Memphis)

Center for Southern Folklore
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_for_Southern_Folklore

Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission
http://www.memphismusic.org/Programs.aspx

Little Kids Rock
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Kids_Rock

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photo by micro43, Flickr

All-Music Guide – Blues
http://www.allmusic.com/genre/blues-ma0000002467

Memphis Blues
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memphis_blues

The Blues Foundation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blues_Foundation

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Woman With Guitar: Memphis Minnie’s Blues
http://www.amazon.com/Woman-Guitar-Memphis-Minnies-Blues/dp/0872866211/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1402586730&sr=1-1&keywords=Memphis+Minnie

B.B. King
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/bb-king-mn0000059156/biography

Al Green
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/al-green-mn0000607448/biography

Elvis51Elvis Presley
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/elvis-presley-mn0000180228/biography

Sun Studio
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Studio

Levitt Shell (Overton Park Shell)
http://scottymoore.net/overton.html

Rocket 88
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocket_88

WDIA Radio
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WDIA

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Wheelin’ on Beale: How WDIA-Memphis Became the Nation’s First All-Black Radio Station and Created the Sound that Changed America
http://www.amazon.com/Wheelin-Beale-Wdia

The Stax Museum
photo by Kim, Flickr

Stax Records
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stax_Records

Stax Records (Concord Music Group)
http://www2.concordmusicgroup.com/labels/Stax/

Stax at 50: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
http://www.allmusic.com/album/stax-50-a-50th-anniversary-celebration-mw0000452604

Wattstax
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wattstax

photo by AOK Library and Gallery, UMBC
photo by AOK Library and Gallery, UMBC

Otis Redding
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/otis-redding-mn0000414251/biography

Booker T. & the M.G.’s
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/booker-t-the-mgs-mn0000772733/biography

Staple Singers
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-staple-singers-mn0000577235/biography

Sam & Dave
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/sam-dave-mn0000282709/biography

Isaac Hayes
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/isaac-hayes-mn0000101946/biography

John Németh
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/john-n%C3%A9meth-mn0000484219/biography

The Bo-Keys
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bo-Keys

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photo by sarah james, Flickr

Hi Records (Official)
http://www.hirecords.com/

Hi Records
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hi_Records

Hi Times: The Hi Records R & B Years
http://www.allmusic.com/album/hi-times-the-hi-records-r-b-years-box-mw0000125619

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Big Star
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/big-star-mn0000051992/biography

Ardent Studios
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardent_Studios

A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man
http://www.amazon.com/Man-Called-Destruction

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FedEx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FedEx_Express

Changing How the World Does Business: FedEx’s Incredible Journey to Success – The Inside Story
http://www.amazon.com/Changing-How-World-Does-Business

FedEx Delivers: How the World’s Leading Shipping Company Keeps Innovating and Outperforming the Competition
http://www.amazon.com/FedEx-Delivers-Innovating-Outperforming-Competition

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photo by Jack Delano, Wikimedia Commons

Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brotherhood_of_Sleeping_Car_Porters

Jim Crow Stories: The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/stories_org_brother.html

Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggles
http://www.paulwagnerfilms.com/miles-of-smiles-trailer/

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photo by Joseph, Flickr

Amtrak
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amtrak

National Train Day
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Train_Day

Content Creation for Train Simulator 2014
http://www.engine-driver.com/article/show/3465/interview-content-creation-for-train-simulator-part-1

Chuggington
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuggington

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Mississippi Blues Trail
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_Blues_Trail

Delta Blues Museum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delta_Blues_Museum

Ground Zero Club
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground_Zero_(blues_club)

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photo by Amy and Turgay, Flickr