Isaac Hayes at the 1972 GRAMMYs
GRAMMY Rewind: Watch Isaac Hayes Win Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture for "Shaft"
Let's take a trip back to the 1972 GRAMMY Awards—where the unforgettable folk hero Carole King won all four of her first GRAMMY nominations and a few other legends earned their big first wins. King took home three of the all-genre categories, including Album Of The Year for her classic LP Tapestry, while fellow rising folk songstress Carly Simon was named Best New Artist. Another big winner was Memphis soul king Isaac Hayes, who also earned his first golden gramophones, for his work on the music for the 1971 hit film "Shaft."
Above, in this latest edition of GRAMMY Rewind, watch the soulful three-time GRAMMY winner accept the gramophone for Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture for Shaft (the album) at the 14th GRAMMY Awards. He also won Best Instrumental Arrangement for the album's lead track, "Theme From Shaft."
Wearing a fierce burnt orange robe embellished with rhinestones, Hayes accepted the Best Score award with a big smile and a chuckle as he received a standing ovation and loud applause in the tuxedo-filled, New York City Felt Forum (now The Theater at Madison Square Garden).
"I thank you all. There's a lot of people I'd like to thank, but I don't have the time and they know it," Hayes said in his trademark warm, deep voice. "And I would like to sincerely thank the record buyers and many fans, because without your support and acceptance, this wouldn't have happened."
The original "Shaft" film came out in 1971, starring Richard Roundtree as John Shaft, with a killer score composed and performed by Hayes. Hayes released the Shaft soundtrack album on Stax Records the same year; the majority of the tracks, other than "Theme From Shaft," "Soulsville" and "Do Your Thing" are instrumental. The epic theme song, which was released as a radio single and lives on as a classic soul record, also earned him an Oscar for Best Original Song at the 1972 Academy Awards.
This year, the late, great legend is being honored with the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award; stay tuned for more info on how to watch the show broadcast later in the year.