A might that was to be taken seriously, that was Tennessee native Isaac Hayes, raised by his grandparents in a sharecropper family. One of the creative forces behind Stax Records, the co-writer of timeless classics such as "Soul Man" and "Hold On, I'm Coming" with David Porter, the composer of "Theme for Shaft" - for which he won an Oscar, a talented and unique performer and recording artist, and a successful actor on top of all the rest - Isaac Hayes achieved more in his professional life - in several artistic fields - than most could ever envision for themselves. We remember Hayes on his birthday, and wish that we could take a drive on the Isaac Hayes Memorial Highway in honor of the day.

I never can say goodbye, Isaac Hayes

An interview on Conan

ISAAC HAYES, August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008