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On This Stage In History – Shaft

Every night we spotlight music that was on the stage that day in history. Tonight’s spotlight is on Isaac Hayes and “Shaft”.

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“Theme from Shaft”, was written and recorded by Isaac Hayes in 1971. It is the soul- and funk-styled theme song to the film Shaft. The theme was released as a single (shortened and edited from the longer album version) two months after the movie’s soundtrack by Stax Records’ Enterprise label. “Theme from Shaft” went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in November 1971.  The following year, on April 10th 1972, ”Theme from Shaft” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, with Hayes becoming the first African American to win that honor (or any Academy Award in a non-acting category). Since then, the song has appeared in numerous television shows, commercials, and other movies, including the 2000 remake of Shaft, for which Hayes re-recorded the song without making any changes to it.

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