Isaac Hayes  

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Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942August 10, 2008) was an American soul and funk singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger, composer and actor, best-known for his film score for the 1971 blaxploitation film Shaft.

Hayes was one of the main creative forces behind southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served as both an in-house songwriter ("Soul Man") and producer with partner David Porter during the mid-1960s. In the late 1960s, Hayes became a recording artist, and recorded successful soul albums such as Hot Buttered Soul (1969) and Black Moses (1971) as the Stax label's premier artist.

From 1997 to 2006, he provided the voice for the character "Chef" on the American animated TV series South Park.

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