A Tribute to Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes

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A Tribute to Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes Empty A Tribute to Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes

Post  djcaesar on Thu Aug 14 2008, 18:24

This is one of the Best Tributes I've seen thus far


Legendary soul musician Isaac Hayes died on Sunday, August 10. He was 65 years old.After playing on the club circuit in Memphis - less than 40 miles from his birthplace in Covington, Tennessee - Hayes first rose to prominence playing keyboard in the Stax Records house band.While at Stax, he formed a songwriting partnership with David Porter, and the duo known as 'Soul Children' penned approximately 200 songs, most notably the Sam & Dave hits 'Soul Man' and 'Hold On, I'm Comin'.'In the late 60s, Hayes began releasing albums as a solo artist, making his commercial breakthrough in 1969 with 'Hot Buttered Soul.'Hayes' bald head and ever-present sunglasses helped give him one of music's most distinc! tive looks at the time. He drew a packed house to Lincoln Center for this 1971 concert.1971 also saw Hayes achieve his greatest commercial success, as he wrote the score for the 1971 classic film 'Shaft.' The score won Hayes a Grammy in 1972......while 'Theme From Shaft' won Hayes an Oscar for Best Original Song that same year.Hayes continued to release music, including a double-album recorded with Dionne Warwick in 1977, but he gradually shifted his focus to movies, and spent much of the 80s retired from music, working on films that included 1988's 'I'm Gonna Git You Sucka.'Hayes also took a greater interest in humanitarian concerns, including the World Literary Crusade, which he helped initiate at his 55th birthday party in 1997, where Mary Wilson of t! he Supremes was one of many who attended to help celebrate.By that time, Hayes had become a radio fixture in New York, in his second year as a disc jockey on 98.7 KISS-FM. However, his return to national prominence was imminent.In 1997, Hayes lent his voice to Jerome 'Chef' McElroy, originally planned as a one-time guest role on the Comedy Central cartoon 'South Park.' However, the character was an instant hit, and Hayes became a regular part of the show.Three years into the role, Hayes showed that he had more than just the voice of a chef. He co-authored the cookbook 'Cooking With Heart and Soul' with Susan DiSesa, which included a number of Southern-style dishes, as well as the 'Chef' specialty 'Chocolate Salty Balls.'Hayes' time in the South Park kitchen came to an end in 2006, however. A fervent believer in Scientology ! - seen here with Florida Senator Corrine Brown at the opening of a Church of Scientology Center in 2004 - Hayes left the show after it mocked Scientology in an episode.Of Course, Hayes will best be remembered as a musician, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002......where he was inducted by Alicia Keys, whose 2001 album 'Songs in A Minor' benefitted from Hayes' work as a musician and arranger.In 2004, Hayes was presented with the R&B Founders award at the Billboard R&B Hip-Hop Awards.Later that year, Hayes was inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk.In 2005, Hayes and Porter were inducted together into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.Isaac Hayes would have turned 66 on August 20. He le aves behind 12 children, including his youngest, Nana Kwadjo Hayes, born in April 2006.Bernie Mac, the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor and comedian who worked his way to Hollywood success from an impoverished upbringing on Chicago's South Side, has died at age 50.Bernie Mac started his comedy career at age 8, with a stand-up performance at a church dinner. In 1977, at age 20, he took that act to comedy clubs in Chicago.Although Mac would launch his movie career in 1992 as a doorman in Damon Wayans' "Mo' Money," he was catapulted into stardom n 2000 by the success of the "Kings of Comedy" tour on which he was joined by comedians (counterclockwise from Mac) Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley. Director Spike Lee ! taped the last two nights of the tour and turned it into the documentary "The Original Kings of Comedy." It would go on to gross over $38 million.In 2001, Mac got his first big movie break when he was cast as Frank Catton, a smooth-talking con man, in Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's Eleven." From left to right, it's castmembers Eddie Jemison, Don Cheadle and Carl Reiner.In the same year, Fox would launch "The Bernie Mac Show" starring (from left to right) Camille Winbush, Kellita Smith, Jeremy Suarez, Mac and Dee Dee Davis. Like many standup comedians before him, Mac chose to essentially play himself - but as the accidental father of his sister's three kids.In 2003, the show would win an NAACP Image Award for Oustanding Comedy Series. Mac also won for most Outstanding Actor in a Com! edy Series. Be fore the show's end in 2006, he would be nominated for an emmy and two Golden Globe awards. Here Mac is seen pictured winning his second Image Award in 2004.After his stint in the first Ocean's Eleven, Mac started being cast in more and more visible roles. Here he is sharing a laugh with co-star Chris Rock in 2003 comedy "Head of State."In 2003, Mac also starred along side Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle and ...Billy Bob Thornton in "Bad Santa."In 2004, Mac got his first shot at a title role in the baseball comedy "Mr. 3000." He played Milwaukee Brewers superstar Stan Ross who was desperate to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2005, he shared the screen with Demi Moore husband Ashton Kutcher in a remake of "Look Who's Coming to Dinner," "Guess Who."2007? "Ocean's 13"! Here Mac joins castmates George Clooney, Don Cheadle and Elliott Gould. In a departure from the comedies, Mac acted in 2007's "Pride" with Terence Howard about Jim Ellis' (Howard) determined mission to start a swim team for troubled teens in Philadelphia.During this time, Mac always continued to do standup and give back to the community. In 2007, Mac headlined the Ronald McDonald House's 23rd annual Awards of Excellence celebration. Around this time, Mac told D! avid Letterman on CBS' "Late Show" that he planned to retire soon to "enjoy life."Hayes was also a frequent guest star on various TV series, including 'The Rockford Files,' 'The A-Team,' 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,' 'That 70s Show,' and 'The Bernie Mac Show.' He's shown here with Bernie Mac, who died one day before Hayes at the age of 50.


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