November 11, 2005

Isaac Hayes returns to albums chart after 25 years

By Fred Bronson

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Exactly 34 years ago, Isaac Hayes
secured his first and only No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot
100 with "Theme from 'Shaft."'

That Academy Award-winning song is the lead track on
"Ultimate Isaac Hayes: Can You Dig It?" (Stax/Concord), a
compilation that debuted on The Billboard 200 albums chart at
No. 171 in the week ended November 6.

This is Hayes' first appearance on the chart in a
quarter-century. In 1980, his album "And Once Again" peaked at
No. 59. Hayes hasn't been absent the last 25 years. He is heard
on TV screens every week, as he provides the voice of Chef on
the TV series "South Park." A song from that show, "Chocolate
Salty Balls," hit No. 1 in the U.K. in January 1999, and also
appears on the retrospective.