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.

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