The Isley Brothers

The Isley Brothers

 

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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.

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Highlights10

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

Photos - The Isley Brothers258

People Recently Photographed at The Isley Brothers Events1

Popular Albums60

Album Appearances & References9

Popular Songs31

Popular Live Albums1

Song Appearances & References15

TV Shows1

Collaborators & Influencers19

Other Music-Related Relationships4

Awards & Nominations1

Band Members4

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Videos41

Spotify - Albums & Singles330

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Upcoming Concerts5

News Articles19

Hoosier native John Mellencamp among nominees for 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame
  –  November 14, 2017
He’s nominated in the performing songwriters category. Other artists nominated in that category include Mariah Carey, Alice Cooper, Alan Jackson, Tracy Chapman, The Isley Brothers, NWA and Jimmy Cliff. Mellencamp first broke into music as “Johnny ...
The Beatles - A guide to their best albums
  –  November 14, 2017
This was revolution on every level, with Lennon and McCartney writing eight original tracks (unheard of at the time) and finding space for a definitive take on The Isley Brothers’ Twist And Shout. Following the bad-tempered Let It Be sessions of January ...
Sony/ATV's Mellencamp and Isleys Are Nominated for Song Writers Hall of Fame
  –  November 13, 2017
The Isley Brothers’ career stretches back to the 1950s and among the most successful songs composed by the brothers Ronald, O’Kelly and Rudolph are “It’s Your Thing”, “That Lady”, “I Turned You On” and “Fight The Power”, the latter ...
Tom Waits, Chrissie Hynde, Alice Cooper, Mariah Carey on 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame ballot
  –  November 11, 2017
He heads a list of nominees that also includes Mariah Carey, Alice Cooper, Pretenders’ founder Chrissie Hynde, The Isley Brothers and John Mellencamp. Other contenders include Jimmy Cliff, Alan Jackson, Tracy Chapman, N.W.A., Tom T. Hall and Kool & The Gang.
Anita Baker—the songstress and the T-shirt
  –  November 9, 2017
In addition to Baker, other performers announced for Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise include Chris Brown, Tamar Braxton, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, The Isley Brothers, The O’Jays, SWV, En Vogue, Jones Girls, Heatwave, GQ, Taste of Honey ...
Alice Cooper Leads Songwriters Hall Of Fame Nominees
  –  November 9, 2017
Joining Cooper on the latest nominees list are John Mellencamp, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Tom Waits, The Isley Brothers and Mariah Carey, among others. A songwriter must be a published writer for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit ...
Nashville Writers Nominated For NY Songwriters Hall of Fame
  –  November 8, 2017
Ronald & Rudolph Isley & Chris Jasper p/k/a “The Isley Brothers”: * Fight The Power * It’s Your Thing * Nobody But Me * Shout * That Lady Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown & James “JT” Taylor (Kool & The Gang): * Celebration ...
Mariah Carey, Kool & The Gang, The Isley Brothers, More Nominated For Songwriters Hall Of Fame
  –  November 7, 2017
R&B/Soul legends Mariah Carey, Kool & The Gang, and The Isley Brothers are among the nominees for induction into the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame. The trio joins fellow nominees John Mellencamp, Tracy Chapman, Jermaine Dupree, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Cliff ...
Mariah Carey, NWA up for Songwriters Hall
  –  November 7, 2017
Other performing nominees for the 2018 class include John Mellencamp, Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Cliff, the Isley Brothers, Chrissie Hynde, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang, Tom Waits and Tom T. Hall. Non-performing nominees are William "Mickey ...
Entertainment news: Mariah Carey, N.W.A. up for Songwriters Hall; Prince's guitar sells for $700K; more
  –  November 7, 2017
Other performing nominees for the 2018 class include John Mellencamp, Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Cliff, the Isley Brothers, Chrissie Hynde, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang, Tom Waits and Tom T. Hall. Non-performing nominees are William "Mickey ...
Songwriters Hall Of Fame Announce 2018 Nominees
  –  November 7, 2017
THE ISLEY BROTHERS, KOOL & THE GANG, TOM T. HALL and BILL ANDERSON, the LA TIMES reports. Non-performing songwriters nominated include MAURICE STARR, ALLEE WILLIS, MIKE CHAPMAN, RANDY GOODRUM, WILLIAM “MICKEY” STEVENSON, STEVE DORFF, TONY MACAULAY and ...
Mariah Carey & N.W.A Nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame
  –  November 7, 2017
Jermaine Dupri also earned a nomination for his work behind the scenes. Fellow nominees include John Mellencamp, Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Cliff, the Isley Brothers, Chrissie Hynde, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang, Tom Waits and Tom T. Hall.
Alice Cooper, Chrissie Hynde, John Mellencamp, Tom Waits among nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame
  –  November 7, 2017
Among the performers, the nominees include Alice Cooper, John Mellencamp, Tom Waits, The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, Mariah Carey, Tracy Chapman, reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, The Isley Brothers, Kool & the Gang, and rap icons N.W.A. The non-performing ...
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 ...
Mariah Carey, N.W.A. Among Nominees for 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame
  –  November 7, 2017
N.W.A., The Isley Brothers, Kool and the Gang, Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Maurice Starr and Jermaine Dupri also received nominations, the Associated Press revealed, a day ahead of the official announcement. Carey, who holds the record for notching the ...
Mariah Carey, N.W.A. Among the Nominees for 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame
  –  November 6, 2017
Also on the list are legendary West Coast rap group N.W.A, singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman and R&B/soul groups the Isley Brothers and Kool & the Gang. Other non-performing nominees include former New Edition producer Maurice Starr and Jermaine Dupri ...
Entertainment roundup: ‘The Simpsons’ vow to help Puerto Rico in new online video
  –  November 6, 2017
Other performing nominees for the 2018 class include John Mellencamp, Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Cliff, the Isley Brothers, Chrissie Hynde, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang, Tom Waits and Tom T. Hall. Non-performing nominees are William “Mickey ...
Mariah Carey Nominated For Songwriters Hall Of Fame
  –  November 6, 2017
She joins artists N.W.A, John Mellencamp, Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Cliff, the Isley Brothers, Chrissie Hynde, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang, Tom Waits and Tom T. Hall. Non-performing nominees include her longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri ...
Twist, shout and groove with the Commodores and the Isley Brothers at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
  –  August 23, 2017
Two powerhouse groups are converging for a night of funky hits at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in October. Combined, The Isley Brothers and The Commodores had numerous chart topping songs, many awards and music that is embedded in sonic history.

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