Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 by Mike McKay
Posted in 101 #1 Song of The Day
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The 101 number one song of the day won an Oscar for its creator but what he really wanted was the lead role in the movie for which it was written.
He was invited by MGM executives to discuss a novel they had acquired. He thought he was being interviewed to star in the movie but during their meeting he agreed to write the score for the film about a black action hero. Instead, a few weeks later he was informed that actor Richard Roundtree had been cast in the role. Although disappointed, he had already committed himself to writing the music, so he fulfilled his obligation. It would go on to win an academy award for best song but by then it had already risen to number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 where it was on November 20, 1971 – Isaac Hayes (Shaft)