Dionne Warwick pays tribute to Isaac Hayes

Singer calls Hayes' version of 'Walk On By' 'definitive'

Dionne Warwick has paid tribute to Isaac Hayes, who died yesterday (August 10) aged 65.

In a statement to Access Hollywood, Warwick called Hayes‘ 1969 cover of her hit Walk On By “definitive”, and also revealed that Hayes had written the song ‘Déjà Vu’ as a birthday present for her.

“I’ve lost one of my best buddies and it is not easy to reckon with,” Warwick wrote.

“I know one can never put a question mark where GOD puts a period, so I will not question the almighty’s decision to call him home. We all know when that call comes we all will answer…

“Personally, my buddy will be missed for many reasons by me. He was ‘family’. He will be a part of my musical life each time I sing the song ‘Déjà Vu’, as this was a birthday gift to me from him.

“His renditions of songs that I had recorded, especially ‘Walk On By’, in my opinion ‘the definitive version’, will always be another memory each time I sing it, and the humorous side that he showed few (that I knew so well).

“My family and I send sincere heartfelt condolences to his family for their enormous loss, and we will hold them in continuous prayer.”

Read NME.COM‘s Isaac Hayes’ obituary and check out the NME blog for for five of Isaac Hayes’s best song.