Saturday, April 28, 2012

"The Isley Brothers -Shout"

"The Isley Brothers -Shout",", Rudolph Isley and Ronald Isley. and Sally Bell Isley, and were raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a group, they had several lineups aside from the original trio - a quartet, a sextet and a duo over the years of their career. Before this, they had their taste of modest success with their singles such as ""Shout"", ""Twist and Shout"", and ""This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)"". Going back to the beginning, the Isley Brothers' were first exposed to the public at church performances. The group left Ohio for New York and started recording doo-wop music. RCA were impressed and signed them up. 47 on the Billboard Hot 100. Their first top 40 single was ""Twist and Shout"", originally recorded by the Top Notes and later covered by The Beatles. The group released other follow-ups but finally left Wand Records in 1964, moving to New Jersey and forming T-Neck Records. 

Their biggest Motown success came with ""This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)"", which Ron was later to record with Rod Stewart. 
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After discovering that they had a good fan-base in Britain, the Isley Brothers tried to break into Europe. 
 They returned to the United States with a new image and moved and signed in with Buddha Records. 
 It became the group's biggest charting success, rising to no. 

Motown CEO Berry Gordy claimed that ""It's Your thing"" was recorded while they were still with his record label, and after several years of wrangling they reached an out-of-court settlement. 
 Chris Davis, then CBS Records president offered the Isley Brothers a long term deal with Epic so they left Buddha in 1973. 
 They called the band ""3+3"" for obvious reasons. 
 Their hit singles include ""That Lady"", ""Fight The Power"", ""For The Love Of You"", ""Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time For Love)"" and ""Between The Sheets"", recorded from 1973 to 1983. 
 Chris Jasper, Ernie and Marvin left in 1983 and formed the Isley-Jasper-Isley group, leaving Kelly, Rudy and Ron as the original line-up. 
 In 1987, they collaborated with producer Angela Winbush and dedicated their album ""Smooth Sailin"" which included the song ""Sending a Message"", as a tribute to Kelly's memory. 
 Carrying on a solo career, Ron worked with Rod Stewart on the remake of ""This Old Heart of Mine"". 
 They recorded the album ""Tracks of Life"" in 1992 and in that same year, the Isley Brothers, as a group, was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 
 They reached the top of the charts with ""Contagious"", with its heavily rotated video.

Marvin's battle with diabetes was a big blow to the group's career when he retired in 1997, and he had both legs amputated because of it. 
 In 2006, Ron Isley was convicted of tax evasion and was imprisoned for taxes unpaid for the five years from 1997 to 2002, and during that period he was also diagnosed with kidney cancer. 

The Isley Brothers were a fabulous band and had many fans. 
 Age caught up with them, but it cannot be disputed that they rank up there with the other Tamla greats of the era, and are one of these bands that will never be forgotten.