Classics: Isaac Hayes – Don’t Let Go (Polydor)
Soul Stax icon Isaac Hayes hapened to be among the very first to embrace the Disco sounds in the mid-70’s.
Hard not to think of the boiling ‘Disco Connection’ which he released under the Isaac Hayes Movement guise. But also of ‘Don’t Let Go’ as a matter of fact.
The title cut of his 1979 album of the likes, ‘Don’t Let Go’ happened to be another of his countless readaptations. A Roy Hamilton 1958 Rhythm and Blues/Rock hit with writing work courtesy of Jesse Stone, which he turned into a rumblin’ bass driven Disco/Funk monster jam.
Featuring Ben Picone And The Atlanta Horns And Strings, ‘Don’t Let Go’ is Ike‘s most successful entry in the Disco Charts, peaking at position #3…
One of the most brilliant talents of his generation, Covington, TN native Isaac Hayes heavily contributed shaping the sound of Memphis Stax Records. Hard of course not to think of ‘Shaft’ when evoking his memory. Even though the man has done so much more than this…
Ike was undoubtedly found of flamboyant orchestral arrangements such as he demonstrated it on his debut-album – ‘Hot Buttered Soul’ – back in 1969. An album where he literally appropriated for himself the 1964 classic ‘Walk On By’ written by Bacharach & David for Dionne Warwick. Eventually doing the same soon after with gems such as ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’, ‘The Look Of Love’. Not to mention ‘(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right’.
Hayes eventually embraced the Disco sound in 1975. As Isaac Hayes Movement on ABC Records. But also on his own with the highly memorable ‘I Can’t Turn Around’ from his ‘Chocolate Chip’ album. A song which Steve Silk ‘Hurley’ and Farley Jackmaster Funk turned into an early Chicago House classic.
Countless financial problems sadly got him in the obligation to sell his copyrights out of everything he’d done so far. This leaving him almost homeless by the mid-70’s. He never lost the faith though, eventually signing with Polydor. The first release from this new deal being his 1977 ‘New Horizon’ album featuring ‘Moonlight Lovin’. The funktified ‘Don’t Let Go’ standing as another essential track of his later on.
Ike only released 2 albums for Columbia in the 80’s, and would get briefly back to the grips in the mid 90’s after a 7 year hiatus. ‘Branded’, his before last studio album, giving us the opportunity to meet back then…
Ike got found unresponsive in his East of Memphis home, TN on Aug. 10, 2008. He was pronounced dead a few hours later at the Baptist Memorial Hospital. With the cause of his passing being a recurrence of a stroke which he suffered from two years before.
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