Isaac Hayes was an American singer-songwriter who began his artistic career in the early 1960s as a musician for the Stax Records label. An artistic contribution that will allow this label to display one of the most prominent sound quality of the moment.
The start of the solo career began in 1968 with the release of a first album "Presenting Isaac Hayes", album which unfortunately went somewhat unnoticed.
What is not the case with the second to go unnoticed, far from it ! The album "Hot buttered soul" gave the artist in 1969 his first major success, notably thanks to the flagship title "Walk on by".
A success which was confirmed the following year in 1970 with the consecutive release of 2 albums, starting with "The Isaac Hayes movement" followed shortly by "To be continued". Two very successful albums but which produced few high caliber singles apart from the title “I stand accused” for the first album and “The look of love” for the second.
But it is the year 1971 which will really change the situation with on the one hand the release of the album "Black moses", album which finally allows him to reach a level of planetary notoriety, in particular thanks to his luxury cover of the title of Jackson 5 "Never can say goodbye".
And on the other hand the release of the enormous "Theme from Shaft", the flagship title of the soundtrack of the same name. A title that will undoubtedly remain as his Masterpiece but also as one of the most emblematic titles of the decade ! A soundtrack that would produce another of his hits the following year in 1972 with the title "Do your thing".
Soundtracks that brought him luck since he won a new notorious success still in 1972 with the title "Theme from The Men", theme of the television series of the same name.
The year 1973 will see the release of the album "Joy", album which will know only one success with the single of the same name.
New hit track on a soundtrack in 1974 this time for the film "Tough guys". 1974 also saw the release of the title "Wonderful", a title which adds an additional star to an already well-supplied prize list.
Change of label from the year 1975 and passage at ABC Records with which he released his first album "Chocolate chip", album which allows him to land two new successes with the singles "Chocolate chip" and "Come live with me". First album followed by a second called "Disco connection" still the same year, album which will experience its heyday with the single of the same name.
New album “Juicy fruit (Disco freak)" in 1976, album which sees the singer loosen somewhat in the Charts. A professional disappointment that is combined with a personal financial bankruptcy. Bankruptcy that sees him lose a house, a large part of his personal property as well as a part of the future copyright on anything he may have created or produced ...
New label change in 1977 with an arrival this time at Polydor Records, label with which he released the album "New Horizon" the same year. A modestly successful album which nevertheless produced the big-caliber single “Out of the ghetto”.
The year 1978 saw the release of the album “For the sake of love”, an album which allowed the singer to return to the race a little bit thanks to the single “Zeke the freak”, a title considered today as the one of the founding titles of the House movement.
This improvement was confirmed a year later in 1979 with the release of the album "Don’t let go", an album of certain success and which would produce the flagship single of the same name.
The transition to the 1980s rhymes with the release of the album "And once again", an album of lesser success and which especially sounds the beginning of the end for the singer because it will be his last album to meet a level of success worthy of this name to the public.
He would still experience two, three last single hits with titles like "Ike’s rap VII" in 1986, "Thing for you" in 1987 and "Showdown" in 1988.
Artist who will pass away on August 10, 2008 at the age of 65 following a stroke.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Walk on by 1969
I stand accused 1970
I can’t help it 1971
Theme from Shaft 1971
Do your thing 1972
Ain’t that loving you 1972
Title theme (from Tough guys) 1974
Chocolate chip 1975
Come live with me 1975
Disco connection 1976
By the time I get to Phoenix 1977
Out of the ghetto 1977
Zeke the freak 1978
Don’t let go 1979
I ain’t never 1980
Ike’s rap VII 1986
Thing for you 1987
Chocolote salty balls 1998
1969 ... after several unsuccessful tests, the time for recognition has finally come. A first classified title which calls for many others ...
1970 ... now that the machine has been launched, the artist just has to unfold. And to unfold, it will unfold !
1971 ... a talent in the Intimist which is confirmed in an undeniable way with this title. And yet it is not in this area that he will experience his greatest success ...
1971 ... then THIS title comes ! Here he is going to sign one of the most striking soundtracks of the decade and of the end of the twentieth century. With the key to a notoriety which will literally explode and a direct ticket for posterity. Quite simply MASTERPIECE !
1972 ... a quality sequel, but which cannot necessarily compete with the previous jewel. Regardless, anything that comes later can only be a bonus when you have had such success !
1972 ... a BIG year 1972 with a plethora of titles and quality on every level. The singer now perfectly masters the course of things ...
1972 ... a year 1972 which will undoubtedly remain as its best vintage. When it wants, it wants !
1973 ... the production of titles slows down drastically in this year 1973. But luckily, success is still in order !
1974 ... an Intimist domain that he masters from start to finish and which will remain his favorite play garden until the end. We won't do him again ...
1974 ... since a first soundtrack brought him fame and fortune, he puts the cover back on with this title being part of the soundtrack of the film 'Three tough guys'. Unfortunately, this title will not really meet the same success as 'Shaft' ...
1975 ... the year 1975 saw him slightly accelerate the tempo. An acceleration that comes at the right time and which above all allows him to get back into the race !
1975 ... he delivers here a new title 'With emotions' of any beauty. And yet, this title will know only a level of success after all limited. Go figure ...
1976 ... here he is finally in the pure Dance register, Disco era obliges. Unfortunately, it will be a story without words ...
1977 ... a Dance parenthesis immediately closed. But when we see the quality of what he continues to deliver in the Intimist register, we take, we take !
1977 ... the level drops a notch, that's obvious. The incredible inspiration of the beginning of the decade has somewhat vanished. Attention danger...
1978 ... a new story without words, it becomes a habit. How to fight in these conditions on a level playing field with the competition. Not easy ...
1979 ... it's so much better with lyrics ! The proof with this title which sees him return to the front of the stage in a shattering way !
1980 ... and here he begins the 1980s without complex or restraint. The problem is that he will have to fight against the youngsters who are 10, even 15 years younger than him. Hard fight ...
1986 ... an 80s decade which will prove to be much more complicated to manage than expected. Especially with this disappearance of radars which will last nearly 6 years ...
1987 ... the decade will end much better than it started, but the delay with the competition is irreparable. Hard law of the trade ....
1988 ... he will try to adapt to the latest trends of the moment but that will not change the situation unfortunately. The end of an adventure that will have consecrated him as one of the best singers of his generation, just that !
1998 ... we find him 10 years later in the company of the young generation. He delivers here a title for the Souh Park series and offers a nice snub to the young people of the time to say that in this profession, nothing is ever finished !
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