On August 10, 2008, Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. aka Isaac Hayes died aged 65. Being musician, singer-songwriter, actor, and producer, he was one of the creative forces behind the music label “Stax Records”. The song “Soul man” (written by Hayes and David Porter and performed by Sam & Dave) has been recognized as one of the most influential songs of the past 50 years by the “Grammy Hall of Fame”, it was honored by “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” by “Rolling Stone” magazine, and by the “RIAA” as one of the “Songs of the Century”. Hayes had success with his albums (Hot Buttered Soul, Black Moses, The Isaac Hayes Movement, Joy, Live at the Sahara Tahoe and Chocolate Chip) but he was best known for the soundtrack for the 1971 movie “Shaft” For the “Theme from Shaft”, in 1972, Hayes was awarded with the “Academy Award for Best Original Song”, becoming the third African-American, (after Sidney Poitier and Hattie McDaniel), to win an “Academy Award” in any competitive field covered by “Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences”. In 2002, Hayes was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” and in 2003, he was honored as a “BMI Icon” for his enduring influence on generations of music makers.
In 1992, as recognition of his humanitarian work there, Hayes was crowned honorary king of the Ada, Ghana region.