Smorgasbord Music Column – My favourite songs from the Movies – Shaft by Isaac Haynes


For the next few weeks I am going to be sharing my favourite songs from the movies. I shared some recently during the summer music festival, but I missed out on many that I am sure you will enjoy too.

The first song is Shaft from the movie by the same name, performed by Isaac Hayes. Uploaded by Alamo YTC Germany

From the 1971 original film starring Richard Roundtree, this film was a violent thriller with plenty of action and as their have been two remakes since, clearly a winning formula. For me at age 18 it was a bit of a shock to the system, as I had been brought up on Hollywood musicals, Westerns and epics such as Dr. Zivago and  Laurence of Arabia. The plot has been updated many times with series such as Taken, but the one element that has always stayed with me is the theme, which found its way into the clubs fairly quickly.

You can buy the soundtrack for the movie: https://www.amazon.com/Shaft-CD-Deluxe-Isaac-Hayes/dp/B07QX37N8V

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shaft-CD-Deluxe-Isaac-Hayes/dp/B07QX37N8V

Isaac Lee Hayes Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American singer, songwriter, actor, and producer. Hayes was one of the creative forces behind the Southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served both as an in-house songwriter and as a session musician and record producer, teaming with his partner David Porter during the mid-1960s. Hayes and Porter were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of writing scores of songs for themselves, the duo Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, and others. In 2002, Hayes was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Source Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Hayes

Please share your favourite movie music in the comments and I hope you have enjoyed a little nostalgia.. more in two weeks time.. thanks for tuning in .. Sally