THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
1971-Number 4 single.
Best Bit-At 2.40.Hayes utterance of the word ‘damn’ made this the first Number 1 song on Billboard to include a curse word.
Isaac Hayes(see also best songs 530) was asked by Joel Freeman the producer of the Metro Goldwyn Mayer film-Shaft to write the films soundtrack,Hayes agreed but only on condition he could audition for the lead role of John Shaft,even when he found out the part had already been given to Richard Roundtree Hayes kept his end of the deal.
The song went on to win a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement and an Oscar for Best Original Score.The Oscar win made Hayes the first African-American to win a Academy Award in a composer category.
Many music critics recognise this song as an early influence on the soon to be coming Disco era.
‘You see this cat Shaft is a bad mother(shut your mouth.’)
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