Monday, August 11, 2008

Who's The Black Private Dick Who's A Sex Machine To All The Chicks?

That would be Shaft, John Shaft. Sadly, the man who penned the film's immortal theme, Isaac Hayes, has died.

Hayes' first recording session was with Otis Redding. With his partner David Porter, he helped create the distinctive sound of Stax Records, which released some of my favorite music of all time.

I produced a soul music project once that wound up being mostly Stax artists, and when I drove cross-country on my way back from LA to NYC, planned my route so I could visit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, one of the better museums anywhere, which contains, among other exhibits, Hayes'1972 peacock blue, gold-trimmed two-door Eldorado Cadillac.

On his not yet updated website, Hayes offers a free downloadable e-book titled "The Way to Happiness." As I have little interest in Xenu, I'll skip the download, but I hope he found that way.

I once heard about a gentleman of Italian-American descent named Skippy who insisted on walking down the aisle to the theme from Shaft. Check it out and you can see why. (Also, the next time you use a manual toothbrush, try doing it in rhythm to the opening of the tune and see if your recommended two minutes don't go a lot faster.)



(Also check out the "Shane" version.)

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:07 PM

    Farewell to The Man.

    Slave to Glamour

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