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ISAAC HAYES "THEME FROM SHAFT!"

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No birthday tribute to the late Isaac Hayes would be complete without his most famous, groundbreaking song, "Theme From Shaft," for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. This made him the first African-American in history to win an Oscar in a non-acting category, and only the third in history at that time period, after Hattie McDaniel for her role in Gone with the Wind for Best Supporting Actress (1940), and Sidney Poitier for Best Actor in Lillies of the Field (1964). 

Isaac Hayes' Oscar statue is now on permanent display in the Stax Museum.

This peformance of "Theme From Shaft" took place at the famed Wattstax music festival Stax Records hosted in Los Angeles on August 20, 1972, Isaac's 30th birthday. What a feeling that must have been for him.