The Isley Brothers

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Fifty years, fifty singles and two generations of brothers.

The Isley Brothers navigated every cultural shift with skill, coming out the other end with an innovative new sound and yet another hit. 

Hall of Fame Essay


Harry Weinger

Ronald Rudolph and O’Kelly Isley might command a niche in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame merely for three volcanic sin­gles cut from 1959-62: "Shout,” “Respectable,” and “Twist And Shout.”

But for the next 30 years joined in 1969 by younger brothers Marvin and Ernie Isley and cousin Chris Jas­per, they made even more essential music: “That Lady,” ‘‘Fight The Power,” ‘‘Work To Do,”  “‘Harvest For The World,”  “For The Love Of You.”

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1992
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Little Richard Honoring 1992 Inductees The Isley Brothers
they had “Shout,” and boy, they had me shoutin’ everywhere
Little Richard

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