|Isaac Hayes Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11½ in|
|Date of Birth||August 20, 1942|
|Date of Death||August 10, 2008|
Isaac Hayes was an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, voiceover artist, and composer who served as one of the creative forces behind the Southern soul music label Stax Records. His discography consists of albums such as Presenting Isaac Hayes, The Isaac Hayes Movement, …To Be Continued, Black Moses, Hot Buttered Soul, Chocolate Chip, Disco Connection, Joy, New Horizon, For the Sake of Love, Don’t Let Go, Lifetime Thing, Love Attack, And Once Again, Raw & Refined, and Branded.
Isaac Lee Hayes Jr.
The Black Moses, Ike
He was born on August 20, 1942.
On August 10, 2008, Isaac Hayes died after suffering a stroke at the age of 65 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States.
Memorial Park Cemetery, Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Covington, Tipton County, Tennessee, United States
He resided in Tennessee, United States.
Isaac Hayes studied at Manassas High School in Memphis, Tennessee but eventually dropped out of high school. However, as a result of encouragement from his former teachers, he completed his diploma when he was 21 years old.
He received many music scholarships from colleges and universities after graduating from high school but he declined them all because he had to provide for his family. Subsequently, he started working at a meat-packing plant in Memphis by day and playing at nightclubs and juke joints several evenings a week in Memphis and nearby northern Mississippi.
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor, Voiceover Artist, Composer
- Father – Isaac Hayes Sr.
- Mother – Eula (née Wade)
- Siblings – He had an older sibling.
- Others – Willie/Will James Wade (Maternal Grandfather), Rusha/Rushia/Rushie Addie Mae Taylor (Maternal Grandmother)
Progressive Soul, Funk, Psychedelic Soul, Pop, Disco
Vocals, Keyboards, Saxophone
Enterprise, Stax Records, ABC Records, Polydor Records, PolyGram, Columbia Records, CBS Records International, Point Blank Records, Virgin Records, EMI
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, he had a net worth of $2 Million at the time of his death.
5 ft 11½ in or 181.5 cm
77 kg or 169.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Isaac Hayes dated –
- Dancy Hayes – He married his first wife Dancy Hayes in the year 1960 but the marriage ended in divorce.
- Emily Ruth Watson (1965-1972) – On November 24, 1965, Isaac Hayes tied the knot with Emily Ruth Watson and their children included Vincent Eric Hayes, Melanie Mia Hayes, and Nicole A. Hayes (Murrell). The duo divorced in 1972.
- Mignon Harley (1973-1986) – On April 18, 1973, he married bank teller Mignon Harley and they had 2 children together. They divorced in 1986.
- Adjowa Hayes (2005-2008) – He married his 4th and last wife Adjowa Hayes in 2005 and their son Nana Kwadjo Hayes was born on April 10, 2006. They remained together until his death in 2008.
Note – Isaac Hayes had 14 children in total, also including Isaac Lee Hayes III (b. June 10, 1975), Jackie, Veronica, Felicia, Melanie, Nikki, Lili, Darius, Vincent, and Heather.
Race / Ethnicity
Isaac Hayes was of African-American descent.
Salt and Pepper
- Clean shaven head
- Deep baritone voice
Isaac Hayes was cast in TV commercials for –
- Burger King (1997) (appeared alongside Mr. Potato Head)
- Fogdog.com (2000)
- Nick at Nite TV network (voiceover) (2001)
- Lays potato chips (2006)
Isaac Hayes Facts
- His mother died when he was quite young and his father left the family. Isaac was then raised by his maternal grandparents.
- Growing up, Isaac Hayes worked on farms in the Tennessee counties of Shelby and Tipton.
- His debut studio album Presenting Isaac Hayes was released in February 1968.
- For Theme from Shaft, he won the Academy Award for “Best Song – Original for the Picture” in 1971.
- Isaac Hayes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 and into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005.
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