Now, this is a man who overcame his challenges. He wrote most of his greatest hits without being able to read music. Isaac Hayes was a true original.
From Rolling Stone: Grammy- and Oscar-winning soul star Isaac Hayes has died after being found unconscious in his Tennessee home. Relatives reportedly found the singer next to a running treadmill, and paramedics brought him to a hospital, where he was declared dead. While the cause of death hasn’t been released at this time, a police spokesman said the family believes “a medical condition” was to blame.
Hayes, who was born in Covington, Tennessee on August 20, 1942, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 by Alicia Keys. His 1971 score for Shaft earned him an Academy Award and two Grammys, and he picked up another Grammy the following year for his 1971 double album Black Moses. (more… )