Isaac Hayes/Fun Facts
From The Grindhouse Cinema Database
- In the days before Shaft, he was a writer of legendary soul songs in the 60's with Dave Porter including "Soul Man" for Sam and Dave, and later a hit for The Blues Brothers. Another song co-written with Porter, "Hold On, I'm Commin'" is in The Blues Brothers film.
- First breakthrough album: Hot Buttered Soul (1969). Hayes' "Spoken Word Introduction" style on it is influential.
- "The Theme From Shaft" won an Academy Award for Best Song for a Motion Picture (1971). Hayes brought his Grandmother along to the Awards ceremony.
- Black Moses was the title to his 1971 hit album.
- "Type Thang" is in the film Shaft's Big Score.
- Although the 1974 soundtracks to Three Tough Guys and the double-album Truck Turner were not strong sellers, they are cited among his best works ever.
- His appearance in Escape From New York was his major breakthrough as an actor after a Late 70's period with modest sales, leading to another successful career.
- The music to Truck Turner is featured in Kill Bill Vol. 1.
- The music to Three Tough Guys has been featured in a number of kung fu films. It was most recently used in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 2.