Composer and actor who won an Academy Award for the theme music to the movie "Shaft" about a black detective. He and David Porter created the southern soul music label Stax Records.
He played Chef on the cartoon "South Park," but left the show after an episode poked fun at Scientology, the religion of which he was a member.
He was heavily influenced by Marvin Gaye.
He began singing at his local church at age five and eventually taught himself how to play the piano, organ, flute, and saxophone.
His mother died while he was still young, and his father deserted the family. He was largely raised by his maternal grandparents. He married third wife Adjowa Hayes in 2005. He had eleven children, seven daughters and four sons.
- The meaning of the name Hayes: Lives By The Forest/Brush