ABOUTInfluential singer, songwriter, and producer of soul, funk, disco, and R&B. Best known songs include "By The Time I Get To Phoenix/Walk On By" (1969), "Theme From Shaft" (1971), "Joy Pt. I" (1974), and "Don't Let Go" (1980). Hayes' songwriting highlights include the soundtrack from "Shaft" (from which the hit song came) and some 200 songs written with David Porter, many of which were recorded by other artists and became hits. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2002.
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- By The Time I Get To Phoenix 1969
(This song was previously a hit for Glen Campbell (1967) and also became a hit for the Mad Lads (1969) and Glen Campbell & Anne Murray (1971, as a medley).)
- Do Your Thing 1972
- Joy Pt. I 1973
- Theme From Shaft 1971
(This title song from the 1971 movie starring Richard Roundtree topped the charts and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.)
- Theme From The Men 1972
- Walk On By 1969
(This song was previously a hit for Dionne Warwick (1964) and later also became a hit for Gloria Gaynor (1975), AWB (1979), and Sybil (1990).)
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