Isaac Hayes and David Porter were one of the most successful songwriting partnerships of the 1960s. After playing on several sessions for Otis Redding, Hayes was tapped to play keyboards in the Stax house band, and eventually established a partnership with songwriter David Porter.
Under the name of the Soul Children, the Hayes-Porter duo composed song 200 songs, reeling off a string of hits for Stax luminaries like Same & Dave (the brilliant When Something is Wrong With My Baby, Soul Man, I Thank You, and Hold On, Im Comin?), Carla Thomas (B-A-B-Y) and Johnnie Taylor (I Got to Love Somebodys Baby, I Had a Dream).
As an individual artist, Hayes went on to become the first African American composer to win an Oscar for Best Score for his soundtrack to the film Shaft, the theme song of which became a #1 hit.
The work of David Porter and Isaac Hayes is celebrated as part of the musical heritage memorialized at Soulsville, the Museum of American Soul Music. Opened in 2003 on the original site of Stax Records in Memphis, the facility honors and documents the activities and achievements at the famous record label, for which David Porter was one of the principal songwriters and producers.