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Soul Man

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Isaac Hayes

Isaac Hayes (arr. Ralph Ford)

General Info

Year: 1967 / 2012
Duration: c. 1:25
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $55.00   |   Score Only (print) - $8.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute
B-flat Soprano Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F
Low Brass and Woodwinds
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drums, Tonal
  • Bells
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Quad Toms
  • Snare Drum
  • Tambourine
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Soul Man is a 1967 song written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, first successful as a number 2 hit single by Atlantic Records soul duo Sam & Dave.

Co-author Isaac Hayes found the inspiration for Soul Man in the turmoil of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. In July 1967, watching a television newscast of the aftermath of the 12th Street riot in Detroit, Michigan, Hayes noted that black residents had marked buildings that had not been destroyed during the riots – mostly African-American owned and operated institutions – with the word "soul". Relating this occurrence to the biblical story of the Passover, Hayes and songwriting partner David Porter came up with the idea, in Hayes's words, of "a story about one's struggle to rise above his present conditions. It's almost a tune [where it's] kind of like boasting 'I'm a soul man'. It's a pride thing."

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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