What Are Some Facts About the Isley Brothers?


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Some facts about the Isley Brothers are that they are originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, and are one of the most enduring acts of all time on the Billboard charts. Some other facts are that a young Vernon Isley was killed in a bicycle accident in 1955 and that the group performed with a then-unknown Jimi Hendrix.

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The original lineup of the Isley Brothers consisted of Ronald, Rudolph, O'Kelly and Vernon Isley. When Vernon died, the group continued as a trio, eventually finding some success with their single "Shout." While it was not the hit they had hoped for upon its release, "Shout" became an enduring favorite. In 1964, the group toured with a backup guitarist who went by the name Jimmy James. They also recorded the studio single "Testify" with James, who would later become incredibly successful performing under his real name, Jimi Hendrix.

In 1969 the group expanded, adding younger siblings Ernie and Marvin Isley, brother-in-law Chris Jasper and family friend Everett Collins. The group enjoyed much success throughout the 1970s and 80s. In 1984 Ernie, Marvin and Chris Jasper split off to form their own group, called Isley, Jasper, Isley. In 1986, O'Kelly died of a heart attack. The group continued to produce music under an ever-changing lineup of members throughout the 1990s and 2000s. Marvin passed away due to complications from diabetes in 2010.

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