Isley Bros


When they [The Beatles] found out we lived in New Jersey, they said when they came back to New York they wanted to come by our home. I think it would have been a bit much: because under the same roof it would have been The Isley Brothers, The Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix

Ernie Isley,, 19 March 2014

The Isley Brothers are an American musical group originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. They started out as a vocal trio consisting of brothers O’Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley and Ronald Isley. The group has been cited as having enjoyed one of the “longest, most influential, and most diverse careers in the pantheon of popular music”.¬†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.¬†Initially 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, the siblings recorded top-selling albums including The Heat Is On and Between the Sheets.
Throughout their career, 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. Five years later, they were inducted to Hollywood’s Rockwalk and, in 2003, were inducted to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Their 1977 hit “Footsteps in the Dark” was famously sampled by Ice Cube in his 1992 hit “It Was a Good Day”.