I had Isaac Hayes‘ album Hot Buttered Soul on wax. I played it incessantly in my room. I remember crying to the song Walk on By … I think I’d gotten my first eighth grade broken heart. That album was full of songs originally done by someone else, but made better by Hayes’ distinct interpretation. It will remain my absolute favorite of his. Everyone remembers Isaac Hayes for the music score to Shaft. Despite that tremendous influence, Hayes’ influence ran deeper than that. Everything was from the heart. He will be missed.
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