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Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes Isaac Hayes
Photo by Jay Blakesburg
As part of our Sense of Place series on Memphis, we dug into the World Cafe archives and pulled out a 2003 interview with Stax Records' best-selling artist, the late Isaac Hayes.

Before Hayes became known for the theme to Shaft, he was an in-house songwriter and producer for Stax; along with David Porter, he wrote the iconic hit "Soul Man" for Sam & Dave.

Host David Dye speaks with Hayes about his beginnings at Stax, his work with Booker T. Jones and the Memphis scene in general, which he called "wonderfully incestuous."

Session Setlist:
Sam & Dave / "I Take What I Want" / Sweat 'N' Soul: Anthology
Isaac Hayes / "Theme from Shaft" / Shaft: OST

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