1980 Isaac Hayes – Don’t Let Go
Isaac Hayes began working at Stax Records in the early sixties. He started out as a session musician and rapidly gained recognition as a songwriter thanks to the songs he and David Porter wrote together.
In 1968, he released his first solo album. He began getting airplay and sales the next year with his second album, Hot Buttered Soul.
His most successful single came from the 1971 soundtrack of the film Shaft. While he continued to tour and record music after that success, he only reached the top forty three more times. Two of his singles stalled at #30 in 1972 and 1973, and his last success came in 1979.
Roy Hamilton reached #13 on the Hot 100 in 1958 with his single Don’t Let Go, a record that also reached #2 on the R&B chart. Isaac recorded a disco-flavored cover of the song in 1979 that peaked at #18 on the Hot 100 in 1980. The extended disco version also reached #3 on the Billboard Disco chart, Isaac’s most successful appearance on the dance chart.
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