Monday, August 11, 2008


We lost two great entertainers this weekend.

Bernie Mac was one very funny guy; I think it's tragic that he died so young at a mere 50 years of age. George Clooney, one of my few boyfriends on the side, was quoted as saying, "The world just got a little less funny. He will be dearly missed."

Isaac Hayes. Wow. 65. Again, too young! I was born in 1971 when Shaft came out; I remember my dad playing that soundtrack on his reel-to-reel TEAC tape player. From the NY Times:
"At the Oscar ceremony in 1972, Hayes performed the song wearing an eye-popping amount of gold and received a standing ovation." (Hey! Bling before bling was COOL!) "TV Guide later chose it as No. 18 in its list of television's 25 most memorable moments. He won an Academy Award for the song and was nominated for another one for the score. The song and score also won him two Grammys."

My memories of Hayes' buttery deep voice go much farther back than his days as Chef on South Park, but what a great comeback that was for him! Rest in peace, Bernie & Isaac. Heaven just got a lot groovier and funnier.

1 comment:

Ernie Santa Ana said...

I'm saddened that there will be no more "Chocolate Salty Balls" and inventive combinations of dirty words from these two masters of entertainment.