Billboard #1 Hits: #263: ” Theme From Shaft”- Isaac Hayes. November 20, 1971. #1 for 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single:”Theme From Shaft”- Isaac Hayes
- Record Company- Enterprise
- Genre: Soul- Funk
- Written by Isaac Hayes
- Time: 4:34
- B-side:” Cafe Regio’s”
- Grade: A
- Peaked at #1 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.
Until the 1968 when he released his debut album- Isaac Hayes was a behind the scene guy at Stax Records in Memphis- a songwriter and producer. He had his first hit single in 1969 with “Walk On By”/ “By The Time I Get To Phoenix.” The “Theme From Shaft”would shoot him into stardom- going to #1- his only Top 10 hit. Some claim “Theme From Shaft” as the first disco song.
My friend Helmet and I were talking recently about ‘cool” and how years ago there were so many “cool” celebrity types- we traced ‘cool’ back to Humphrey Bogart in the early 1940’s. Maybe a case could be made for Bing Crosby a decade earlier. Anway- Isaac Hayes was cool. He made shaving your head- cool also. Hayes finest moment to me was when he took the Jimmy Webb written song- popularized by Glen Campbell- from the 2 minute 42 second single to an 18 minute 40 second tour de force.