Monday, August 11, 2008

Isaac Hayes 1942-2008

It was sad to hear of the death of musician Isaac Hayes during coverage of the Olympics last night; he was a very talented musician, songwriter, composer and producer, and he found later fame and critical cache as the voice of Chef on the animated series "South Park."
But my best memory of Isaac Hayes is that of the Lancaster High School Marching Redskins, of which I was a member, playing the marching band/drum corps version of 'Theme from Shaft" during our field shows and parades for several years in the mid-1970s. Besides enjoying playing it, we always got a great crowd response, and because of our success during competitions and the great memories we had as members, us Marching Redskins never forgot the song or our gratitude to Hayes.
Strangely, as of 7 a.m., his website has not reflected his death.


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