Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes both leave us in the same weekend. Michael Gonzales has an eloquent remembrance of Mr. Hot Buttered Soul. From the piece:
Indeed, my introduction to the musical magic of Isaac Hayes was the hypnotic hi-hat intro and the watery wah-wah guitar of the title track “Theme from Shaft.” A funky overture that baptized the nation with the nectar of muddy waters of Memphis, the song was played on a zillion radio stations, hitting #1 on both the pop and R&B charts. Still, no matter how many times the track was pumped over the airwaves, I wasn’t content until it was spinning on my own clunky stereo.
Michael’s full blog post is here.
The LA Times’ Ann Powers also provides a solid obit here.
Condolences to both families.