Isaac Hayes


August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008

Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. was an influential musician, producer and song-writer known for his funky blues style.  Though he wrote many songs for others, including the smash hit “Soul Man,” he was probably most known for his solo albums Hot Buttered Soul and Black Moses and certainly for his work on the motion picture soundtrack for 1971’s Shaft, for which he won 2 Grammys and an Academy Award.  Hayes enjoyed a somewhat odd career resurrection in the 1990’s when he voiced the character, Chef, on the long-running animated comedy South Park. Through South Park, Hayes was able to connect to a new, younger audience and the character relied heavily on his distinctive deep voice and musical styling.  He left the show after a fight over the creators’ treatment of Scientology, the religion to which Hayes belonged.

In March of 2006, Hayes suffered a stroke. Two years later, just 10 days before his 66th birthday, he suffered another stroke while using a treadmill. He was found next to the treadmill unresponsive and taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.


Memorial Park Cemetery – Memphis, TN

Specific Location

Highland Grotto section; Just across the road (to the east) of the large Cave Hill Grotto pool and fountain, Isaac’s large bronze marker is easy to spot.



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