Some of the songs released by American musical group the Isley Brothers include "Shout," "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)," "Get Into Something," "Love the One You're With" and "Contagious." The Cincinnati-based group began playing gospel music before launching their varied career in soul, funk and pop.Continue Reading
"Shout" was the first single for the Isley Brothers in 1959. Influenced by call-and-response gospel songs, brothers Kelly, Rudy and Ron used their church pianist on the recording. The single eventually sold over one million copies. The cover by singer Lulu became a signature hit in the 1960s.
The Isley Brothers released "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)" after they signed to Motown Records in 1965. It was their only hit for the label and became one of their most recognizable songs. The brothers left Motown in 1968 and formed their own record label.
"Get Into Something" is a funk song that the brothers released in 1970, following the formation of their label, T-Neck. The group released their cover of Stephen Stills' "Love the One You're With" in 1973.
Their career stalled after the 1983 release of their album "Between the Sheets," and Kelly Isley died in 1986. After several shifts in the group and its members, Ron Isley and his younger brother Ernie reformed the group as a duo and released a comeback album, "Eternal," in 2001. "Contagious" was the album's most successful single.Learn more about Art & Literature