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On August 10th, in 2008, The King of Stax Records during the 70’s-Isaac Hayes died in Memphis, Tennessee at his home. His wife discovered he was unconscious and called the police. Isaac Hayes has starred in movies (Three Tough Guys, Truck Turner, Wattstax); scored the infamous Shaft soundtrack; and co-wrote songs with David Porter for most of the artists at Stax. Hayes was a wonderful producer and used one of the funkiest backing bands, the Bar-Kays, and his prolific female backing vocalist-'Hot' 'Buttered' & 'Soul'. ‘Who is the man that would risk his life for his brother man? SHAFT!’ R.I.P. Isaac Hayes.
On August 10th, in 1968, New Edition member Michael Bivins was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Most noted for his emceeing and production over his singing abilities, Bivins went on to form the splinter group Bell Biv Devoe. Biv10 was his production company where he discovered, managed and produced ABC (Another Bad Creation)-a child group much like New Edition and Boyz II Men. The latter group was the most successful. S.O. to Michael Bivins, he’s 50 today.
On August 10th, in 1964 Guy’s front-man Aaron Hall was born in the Bronx, NYC, New York. He was the face and voice of the New Jack Swing, along with producer Teddy Riley and his brother Damion Hall. Aaron appeared in the movie New Jack City. He had a song on the Juice soundtrack: Don’t Be Afraid, which at the time, was his first big hit as a solo artist. I can honestly say, in 1991 when it was released, you could hear it in every vehicle going by. Aaron Hall had a very distinct voice that let the listener immediately know that it was him on the song. He’s 54 today.
On August 10th, in 1961, INXS drummer Jon Farriss was born in Perth, Western Australia, Australia. He gave us what we need with the backing beats for INXS, Ben Harper, Nikka Costa, Toto, Richard Clapton and Jimmy Barnes. Farriss is a drummer that has been in the music circuit from the Classic Rock era up to the Contemporary Rock era. He’s permeated genres as well, like Blues with Ben Harper and Rhythm & Blues with Nikka Costa. He’s 57 today.
Honorable Mention: On August 10th, in 1872 the Father of ‘Slap’ string bass playing-Bill Johnson (William Manuel Johnson) was born, exact records of the location vary. Most researchers believe that he was born in the New Orleans, Louisiana area where he formed and toured with the Original Creole Orchestra. They were the first Jazz group to leave New Orleans and tour nationally. He recorded several tracks in Chicago, Illinois with another band he formed: King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band. Milt Hinton was a member. This band would be considered one of best during the Roaring 20’s. Bill Johnson lived to be 100 years old.
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