Pianist Sidney Kirk, one of Memphis’ great jazz and R&B musicians and a key member of The Isaac Hayes Movement, died Wednesday. Kirk’s daughter Christian Kirk confirmed his death. He was 78. A pivotal figure in the musical life of Hayes, over the course of his career Kirk also performed with Dionne Warwick, Albert...
The family of Isaac Hayes has spoken out against former president Donald Trump walking off and dancing to one of the late soul music pioneer’s songs following his controversial speech at the annual NRA convention. The ex-president’s speech at the gun-lobby event, mere days after 19 schoolchildren and two teachers were massacred in Uvalde, Texas, featured Trump reciting the names of the victims (to gong sounds) and calling for more armed teachers. Immediately after his remarks ended, Trump broke out his signature wooden dance moves on-stage to tune of a 1966 soul classic written by Hayes. “The estate and family of Isaac Hayes DID NOT approve and would NEVER approve the use of ‘Hold on I’m coming’ by Sam and Dave by Donald Trump at this weekends @NRA convention,” read a tweet posted to the late soul music pioneer’s account this weekend. “Our condolences go out to the victims and families of #Uvalde and mass shooting victims everywhere.”
The family of Isaac Hayes has rebuked Donald Trump for walking off and dancing to the late soul musician’s song after delivering a controversial speech at the National Rifle Association convention this weekend.On Friday, the former US president delivered a speech at the gun association’s annual convention in Houston, just 280 miles east of the site of the school shooting in Uvalde that left 21 people dead on Tuesday.Following his remarks, which included suggestions to arm teachers and put up metal fencing around schools’ perimeter, the one-time commander in chief began to make his way off stage while dancing...
The celebrated "Black Moses" of soul, Isaac Hayes was an eyeful — an icon of cool who complemented his signature shaved dome and dark glasses with startling and flamboyant outfits. At the famous "Wattstax" concert in Los Angeles in 1972, Hayes wore a gold chain mail vest. A few...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Legendary Stax soul singer Isaac Hayes is the subject of a new exhibit coming to the Museum of Science and History in Memphis, opening next month. ‘Isaac Hayes: Black Moses Gives Back’ opens April 9 at MoSH and runs through July 31, 2022. Museum officials said the exhibit will feature Hayes’ collection of dashikis and his humanitarian work in Ghana and his hometown of Memphis.
The Afrocentric legacy of Memphis musical icon Isaac Hayes will be the subject of a new exhibit opening in April. The Museum of Science & History (MoSH) has announced “Isaac Hayes: Black Moses Gives Back,” which will focus on the Stax Records star’s humanitarian work in Ghana and showcase his unique collection of African garments. The exhibit — which is being presented in conjunction with the Stax Museum — will open April 9 and run through July 31.
“Heavy!” Sammy Davis Jr. exclaimed, applauding as he took the stage at the 44th Academy Awards following Isaac Hayes’ performance of his Oscar-nominated song “Theme From Shaft.” Davis was making history that night as the ceremony’s first Black host (alongside co-hosts Helen Hayes, Alan King and Jack Lemmon). But before the night was over, Isaac Hayes too would make history as the first Black winner of best original song — as well as the first Black winner in any Oscar category outside of acting. Hayes was a songwriter, producer and recording artist at Memphis-based Stax Records when he was approached about...
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