Today (August 20th) would have been R&B pioneer Isaac Hayes' 79th birthday. Hayes is best known for his years as a writer, performer, and producer for the legendary Stax label, having composed, along with his partner David Porter, Sam & Dave's landmark '60s hits “Hold On! I'm Comin',” “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby,” “You Don't Know Like I Know,” “Soul Man,” and “I Thank You,” among other hits, including Carla Thomas' “B-A-B-Y.”
Hayes died of what is believed to be a stroke on August 10th, 2008.
As a solo performer, Hayes scored hits with his cover of Dionne Warwick's “Walk On By,” and “Theme From Shaft,” which topped the charts in 1971. “Theme From Shaft” earned Hayes two Grammys, and an Oscar for Best Song In A Motion Picture — making him the first African-American songwriter to win an Academy Award.