For several years, Isaac Hayes hosted a local radio show in which he would play what he called "hot-buttered love songs." It was one of the best radio programs I've ever heard, and one of the few for which I've ever manipulated my schedule just to be sure I didn't miss it. For a lot of us, there was nothing sexier and more soothing than Hayes' hot-buttered bass voice. He'll be missed.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
R.I.P. Isaac Hayes
Memphian and funk-and-soul legend Isaac Hayes died early this morning here in town. Hayes was one of the driving forces behind Memphis' own Stax Records and he remained a faithful and active citizen of our fair city for his entire life. Most people know Hayes as the voice behind South Park's character of "Chef," but he was also a "King." (He was given the honorary crown in recognition of his humanitarian work in Ghana's Ada district.) And, of course, Hayes was also a Scientologist, an allegiance that everntually ended his stint on South Park when he accused the show of religious intolerance.