The Isley Brothers

The Isley Brothers



The Isley Brothers (/ˈzl/) are an American musical group originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, that started as a vocal trio consisting of brothers O'Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley and Ronald Isley.[2][3][4][5][6] The group has been cited as having enjoyed one of the "longest, most influential, and most diverse careers in the pantheon of popular music".[7]

Alongside a fourth brother, Vernon, the group performed gospel music until Vernon's death a few years after its formation. After moving to the New York City area in the late 1950s, the group had modest chart successes during their early years, first coming to prominence in 1959 with their fourth single, "Shout", written by the three brothers. Initially a modest charted single, the song eventually sold over a million copies. Afterwards the group recorded for a variety of labels, including the top 20 single, "Twist and Shout" and the Motown single, "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)" before recording and issuing the Grammy Award-winning hit, "It's Your Thing" on their own label, T-Neck Records.

Influenced by gospel and doo-wop music, the group began experimenting with different musical styles incorporating elements of rock and funk music as well as pop balladry. The inclusion of younger brothers Ernie Isley (lead guitar, drums) and Marvin Isley (bass guitar), and Rudolph's brother-in-law Chris Jasper (keyboards, synthesizers) in 1973 turned the original vocal trio into a self-contained musical band. For the next full decade, they recorded top-selling albums including The Heat Is On and Between the Sheets.

The six-member lineup of the band splintered in 1983, with Ernie, Marvin, and Chris Jasper forming the short-lived spinoff group Isley-Jasper-Isley. Eldest member O'Kelly died in 1986 and Rudolph and Ronald released a pair of albums as a duo before Rudolph retired for life in the Christian ministry in 1989. Ronald re-formed the group two years later in 1991 with Ernie and Marvin; five years later in 1996, Marvin Isley left the group due to complications of diabetes. The remaining duo of Ronald and Ernie accomplished mainstream success with the albums Eternal (2001) and Body Kiss (2003), with the former album spawning the top twenty hit, "Contagious". As of 2016, the Isley Brothers continue to perform under the lineup of Ronald and Ernie.

The Isley Brothers have had four Top 10 singles on the United States Billboard chart. Sixteen of their albums charted in the Top 40. Thirteen of those albums have been either certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum by the RIAA. The brothers have been honored by several musical institutions including being inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.[8] Five years later, they were inducted to Hollywood's Rockwalk and in 2003, were inducted to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.



Power Of Peace
Power Of Peace is an album by musical group The Isley Brothers, released on July 28, 2017.
Are You Ready
Are You Ready is a song by musical group The Isley Brothers, released on July 13, 2017.
I Remember
I Remember is a song by musical group The Isley Brothers, released on June 23, 2017.
Total Destruction To Your Mind
Total Destruction To Your Mind is a song by musical group The Isley Brothers, released on June 6, 2017.

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Spotify - Albums & Singles328


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Roll Payback: Alabama’s Jalen Hurts and the Weight of a Dynasty
  –  January 3, 2018
Sometimes they skipped. You’d get to Track 2, and it’d skip. He had Al Green’s greatest hits and he had the Isley Brothers’ greatest hits. Then he had some Zydeco music. And we would just sit out in the front yard, open all the doors of the big red ...
Pam Warren: American turntable wizard known as ‘the Funktress’ who accompanied Prince on his last tour
  –  December 31, 2017
My daddy loved Bobby Womack and Patti LaBelle. My mom loved the Isley Brothers, the Gap Band, Charlie Wilson and Cameo.” These were artists Warren loved, too – their influence helped create her trademark style, eventually attracting the attention of ...
Jalen Hurts is 24-2, yet is still criticized as Alabama's weak link
  –  December 30, 2017
To relax, he puts on old-school R&B and cleans his apartment. Lately, he has had Al Green, the band Maze, The Isley Brothers and Luther Vandross on rotation. "I was listening to Betty Wright yesterday," he said, pleased with his new find. "I have an old soul."
20 Essential Tracks From The Golden Age Of ’90s Hip Hop
  –  December 30, 2017
Sampling everyone from James Brown to the Isley Brothers and Peter Gabriel, there’s no way ‘Hip Hop Hooray’ couldn’t have been a hit. Add to that a holler-along chorus and this 1993 track – from the New Jersey group’s third album ‘19 Naughty ...
His Way: Tubby Smith Figured Out Who He Was Long Ago and He’s Not Changing
  –  December 28, 2017
TDN: What’s your go-to for music? Smith: I’m into the Four Tops, The Temptations, The Isley Brothers, good gospel. TDN: And movies? Smith: I like anything with Denzel Washington. I wasn’t big on the one he got the award for, “Training Day” was ...
This Bang-Up Music Doc Is One You Should Have Seen In 2017
  –  December 28, 2017
His songs were recorded by rhythm and blues greats like the Isley Brothers, Ben E. King and Wilson Pickett, and influenced (and were covered by) British Invaders like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Animals. As the driving force behind Bang Records ...
The Isley Brothers
  –  December 28, 2017
Grammy Award-winning, multiplatinum-selling Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members and global music icons The Isley Brothers return to the Mid-South for a concert at the Bluesville Showcase Nightclub.
How old is Lulu, what is the Shout singer’s real name and when did she sing with Take That?
  –  December 25, 2017
The song was originally recorded by American doo-wop group The Isley Brothers but Lulu took it to the UK Top 10. Her Eurovision song Boom Bang-a-Bang is also well known and she has had success with tracks like I Could Never Miss You, The Boat That I Row ...
The best gift ever, according to 13 writers, musicians and podcasters
  –  December 21, 2017
At 15 this was heaven. I didn’t have a driver’s license, and my mom didn’t know I had the car, but I drove it all over Los Angeles with my homies listening to the only tape I had “The Isley Brothers” Greatest Hits Vol. 1 … We all felt like kings.
Boney James to headline New Year’s Eve concert in Huntington Beach
  –  December 21, 2017
Long before his chart success, James delivered pizzas while working as a sideman for artists like Morris Day and the Isley Brothers. The vocalists showed the then-teenage James how to present himself on and off stage. James cut his first album under his ...
Isley Brothers to headline Greensboro concert
  –  December 13, 2017
GREENSBORO - Rock Hall of Fame honorees The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley and Ernest Isley will headline 97.1 QMG’s Rhythms of Triumph on Feb. 2 at Greensboro Coliseum. Now in its 18th year, Rhythms of Triumph will also include performances by ...
Mariah Carey, The Isley Brothers & N.W.A. Nominated for 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame
  –  November 7, 2017
Seeing as she’s the artist with the most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, it should come as little surprise that Mariah Carey has officially been nominated for the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame. The singer co-wrote 17 or her 18 No. 1 songs and ...

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