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Soul singer Isaac Hayes dies at 65

Shaft by Isaac Hayes

Shaft by Isaac Hayes

LOS ANGELES, Aug 10, 2008 / — Isaac Hayes, the pioneering singer, songwriter and musician whose relentless “Theme From Shaft” won Academy and Grammy awards, died today, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said. He was 65.

In the early 1970s, Hayes laid the groundwork for disco, for what became known as urban-contemporary music and for romantic crooners like Barry White. And he was rapping before there was rap.

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