He’s a complicated man

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

August 20

IsaacHayesPNG1942: Singer-songwriter-record producer-actor Isaac Hayes is born in Covington, Kentucky. Hayes is one of the main creative forces behind southern soul music label Stax Records, where he serves as both an in-house songwriter and producer with partner David Porter during the mid-1960s. In the late 1960s, Hayes becomes a recording artist, with albums such as Hot Buttered Soul (1969) and Black Moses (1971) as the Stax label’s premier artist. Alongside his work in popular music, Hayes is a film score composer for motion pictures. His best known work, for the 1971 blaxploitation film Shaft, earns Hayes an Academy Award for Best Original Song and two Grammy Awards. He receives a third Grammy for the album Black Moses.

Robert Plant1948: Robert Plant is born.