Wikipedia : This day (August 10, 2008), in Memphis, Tennessee, died Isaac Hayes, an American songwriter, musician, singer and actor.
Isaac Hayes : He emerged in the summer 1969 with the landmark Hot Buttered Soul, and his career would never be the same again. The LP was uniquely composed of four lush, sensual arrangements, framed by the opening 12-minute version of Walk On By and the closing 18-minute take on By the Time I Get To Phoenix.
@allmusic : Few figures exerted greater influence over the music of the 1960s and 1970s than Hayes; after laying the groundwork for the Memphis soul sound through his work with Stax-Volt Records,
@last.fm : In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Hayes became famous as a recording artist in his own right, scoring with critically and commercially successful albums such as Hot Buttered Soul and Black Moses. Hayes is best known today for composing the score to the 1971 blaxploitation film Shaft.