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.
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News Articles6

Pitbull Will Headline Philly’s 4th of July Concert on the Parkway
  –  April 9, 2018
We’re guessing that then-Mayor John Street was a huge fan of headliners The Isley Brothers. The same night, Madonna brought her Re-Invention Tour to what was then The Wachovia Center. 30,575 people showed up for that. We love Hall & Oates. But… their ...
Mable House Soul Series Presents The Isley Brothers & Jeffrey Osborne and Peabo Bryson
  –  April 6, 2018
*The legendary group – Yes, The Isley Brothers – that has been delighting music lovers with their unique style for six decades will be setting the tone for The Mable House Barnes Soul Series this summer. On July 14th, Ron and Ernie Isley will ...
Mountain Winery announces mammoth 2018 season lineup
  –  April 2, 2018
The lengthy lineup, which was announced April 2, also includes Willie Nelson with Alison Krauss, Pretenders, The Original Wailers, Los Lobos, Lyle Lovett, The Roots,, O.A.R., The Rascals, The Isley Brothers, ABC and dozens of other attractions. The season ...
  –  March 29, 2018
The Isley Brothers are one of the most sampled acts of all time and have earned the admiration of younger audiences through their hip hop associations and as guest vocalists. With the support of some of the hottest R&B producers available, including R.
Releasing the ‘Power of Peace’: Santana joins forces with the Isley Brothers — fulfilling a lifelong dream of his
  –  February 28, 2018
Santana firmly and unabashedly believes in the concepts of love and hope, so much so that he’s fulfilled a longheld dream of working with the Isley Brothers and channeling their combined efforts into a recently released project called “Power of Peace.”
Isley Brothers ready to 'Twist and Shout' at casino show
  –  January 11, 2018
The Isley Brothers have succeeded in multiple music genres. Hits such as the Grammy-winning "It's Your Thing" and "That Lady (Part 1)" ably reflect a tuneful realm that includes rock, funk, disco, gospel and, most prominently, rhythm and blues. The group ...

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