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Over the course of its 15-year history, Stax Records was home to a plethora of stars such as Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Booker T. & the MGs, the Staple Singers, Johnnie Taylor, and the Dramatics. As talented and great as the aforementioned artists were, none of them ultimately had the impact on black popular music that Isaac Hayes did from 1969 through 1975.

Hayes’s story is one of epic proportions. In the mid- to late 1960s Isaac, and his songwriting and producing partner David Porter, played a seminal role in creating the nascent sound of soul music, writing and producing such genre-defining records as Sam and Dave’s “Soul Man,” “Hold On I’m Comin’,” “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby,” “Wrap It Up,” and “I Thank You.” In their spare time, the dynamic songwriting duo also penned hits for Carla Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Ruby Johnson, the Soul Children, and Mable John. As a session man, Isaac played on dozens of additional hits. His songwriting, production, and session work alone would make Hayes worthy of any music hall of fame that one could possibly name.

Yet, as monumental as his contributions were in this first part of his career, they are dwarfed by the impact of his solo albums such as Hot Buttered Soul, Shaft, and Black Moses. With these records Hayes would become the biggest artist Stax ever produced and one of the most important artists in the history of rhythm and blues.

From 1969 through 1975, he single-handedly redefined the sonic possibilities of black music, in the process opening up the album market as a commercially viable medium for black artists. The fact that one musician could be responsible for such disparate but equally great and influential music as Hayes produced in the 1960s and ’70s simply boggles the imagination.

If you would like to win a copy of his brand new CD/DVD Greatest Hits compilation entitled Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It, just answer this easy question: In which now infamous film were the words 'Can You Dig It?' uttered at a gang rally ... that goes horribly wrong?!

Send me your answers and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win one of these great new CD/DVDs! Just send us an e:mail here before November 7th with your answer and the subject title 'ISAAC HAYES CDs' to:

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