November 1971 – Theme from Shaft by Isaac Hayes

November 1971 – a song popular in this month – Theme from Shaft by Isaac Hayes

This was featured in the 1971 movie of the same name starring Richard Roundtree.

Interesting facts about Theme from Shaft & Isaac Hayes

This won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement and an Oscar for Best Original Score. The Oscar win made Hayes the first African-American to win an Academy Award in a composer category.

Future actress (she was on the TV shows Bosom Buddies and Family Matters) Telma Hopkins was one of the backup singers. That’s her saying “Shut Your Mouth!”, which became a bit of a catchphrase for Hopkins, whose character would often say it on her shows. Joyce Wilson was the other backup singer; she and Hopkins performed as Tony Orlando’s backup group Dawn.

Hayes was the voice of “Chef” on the TV show South Park. Despite being a cartoon, Chef usually found an opportunity to sing on each show.  Hayes quit because of a Scientology episode that was done at the end of season 9. He was a recent convert to Scientology and this upset him.

Hayes owned a 1972 Cadillac El Dorado that was fur-lined and plated in gold. One of the funkiest cars ever created, it is on display at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

When Hayes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, he opened the ceremonies with this song.

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