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The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia • 36

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1 4-B THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, Mar. 28, 1975 'HASN'T CHANGED ME' Georgia Sequel HOLLYWOOD (UPI) tional's "Return to Macon Nick Nolte and Karen Lamm filming on location will star in American Interna- in Georgia. Isaac Hayes Enjoys Affluence Square Ice Ca- A delightful place to meet MC -jpades Rink. it someone (( ment daily. wSfirt THEATRE COW3WJY PRESENTS for a dnrteS TO Closed Sunday.

Overlooking the Colony ISL: ing album and severed whatever grip the ghetto still had on Hayes. When he's In town, Hayes takes care of growing business interests from an office that's an explosion of white and red, his favorite color. He comes to work In sunshades, brushed denims and sneakers. He may be chauf-feured or ride in helmet and shades on a customized police motorcycle through crowded streets. His future is in business and, he hopes, in acting, Hayes says.

He took a starring role in the film "Truck Turner" to get into acting, but says he opposes such blaxploi-tation films. struction companies. In the early 1960s, when he was working in a meat packing plant, he began hanging around a fledgling record company named Stax, now the nation's largest soul music recording In 1964, he was put on the staff as a saxophone player and songwriter. Teaming with an insurance salesman named David Porter, he wrote Sam and Dave's first million seller, "Soul Man." Twenty years after the Wades brought their grandson to Memphis, he recorded a collection of songs in a style he called "Hot Buttered Soul." It was Stax' first million-sell artkur miller's THE CRUCIBLE DIRECTED BY FRED CHAPPELL. Only at The Fairmont.

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8:00 P.M. CALL 892-2414 FOR RESERVATIONS SUNDAYS 2:30 P.M. TkkiU $4.00 n4 $2.73 Hlf-HOl PKIO TO CUHTAtN man has and gets it, people look at him that way," he said. "But when you worked for it and paid your dues, you're entitled to get what you want It's that simple." The cars, clothes and homes have not changed him, he in sists. "I am still the same Isaac Hayes I was, still the same guy," said Hayes, whose ghetto friends call him "Bubba." "The wealth thing hasn't changed me at all.

It only makes me more grateful feel more blessed that I was able to overcome." In 31 years, Hayes has come from a shack near Covington in the cotton lands of West Tennessee, where he sang a capella on his front porch, to the upper echelon of entertainment His mother died when he was IVt years old and his father left him and an older sister to the care of his grandparents on a tenant farm. When Hayes was 7, his grandparents moved to Memphis to look for work. In 1949, when Hayes started school, he found out he was poor. "In the country we were just like everybody else," he said. "We raised our own food, killed our hogs.

We didn't go hungry. In Memphis, I started looking around at the other kids and seeing what they had and I'd ask myself, 'Why ain't I got what they got?" When his grandfather fell ill and couldn't work, the family "moved and moved and moved," splitting up at intervals, finally turning to welfare after Papa Wade died. In high school, Hayes took a variety of jobs delivery boy, dishwasher, cook and salesman of rags, junk, cardboard, wood and coal. He also helped wreck houses Jfor con MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -Isaac Hayes hasn't always had it so good, but he believes that's why he has it now.

That's also why he drives his pewter gray limousine down to the south Memphis ghetto he came from and talks with the children. "Those are my roots and without roots, the tree will die," says the black singer, composer and actor whose Oscar-winning score for the movie "Shaft" made him an international star. Now a wealthy man, Hayes looks back on his days of poverty and says the charity he received as a child "made me want to do something to get myself out of that situation and never look back at it again." He Is angered at critics who measure him only by how he spends his money by the three homes, including a $460,000 mansion in fashionable east Memphis; by the fleet of luxury cars, including a $45,000 velvet-lined Cadillac, and by the small army of employes he takes on tour. "Everything I have, I find it quite necessary," said Hayes, a bald, soft-voiced giant who gave his Academy Award to his grandmother, "Mama Wade," for her 80th birthday. "People say, 'Why so many cars, why so many houses, who do you think you are, Black Moses, hiring all those people do you think you are Hayes says.

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