The Isley Brothers

Formed 1954.
The Isley Brothers


The Isley Brothers are an American musical group originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, originally 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".

Alongside a fourth brother, Vernon, the group originally performed gospel music until Vernon's death a couple years after its original 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 modestly successful works for a variety of labels, including the top 20 single, "Twist & 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.

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  • Founded T-Neck Records

BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Motown Anthology

    The Motown Anthology 2009

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    While they were oddly unloved at Motown, there’s more than mere filler here.
  2. Review of 3+3/Go for Your Guns

    3+3/Go for Your Guns 2008

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    This 2 on 1 set is genius writ large.
  3. Review of The Isley Brothers present Taken To The Next Phase

    The Isley Brothers present Taken To The Next Phase 2004

    Reviewed by Lewis Dene
    ...Next Phase is yet another landmark in the career of one of soul music's greatest...
  4. Review of Between the Sheets

    Between the Sheets 1983

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Baroque love music from the last of the original Isleys.
  5. Review of Harvest for the World

    Harvest for the World 1976

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Serves as a fantastic snapshot of a band at its career peak.
  6. Review of 3+3

    3+3 1973

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    3 + 3 is brilliance writ large.
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