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The Isley Brothers

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Aug 16, 2019

The Isley Brothers have basked in the forefront of popular music for nearly 50 years. Their incredible careers have seen dozens of #1 hits, both singles and albums, more than two dozen gold, platinum and multi-platinum singles and albums, countless awards and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. What’s even more remarkable, and further indication of the Isleys’ lasting cultural significance, is how they’ve reinvented themselves with each passing year, thus consistently reaping a fresh crop of fans.

After The Isley Brothers left their initial mark on the R&B charts in 1959 with “Shout” – which would sell a million copies and become a standard – they scored the #1 R&B hit “Twist and Shout” in 1952. Both songs were subsequently covered by The Beatles. But it was 1969’s “It’s Your Thing” that cemented their fame, shooting to #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and ultimately selling more than five million copies. The song also earned a GRAMMY™ Award for best R&B vocal performance.

Ensuring #1 hits included the Billboard R&B chart-toppers “Fight the Power (Part 1),” “Don’t Say Goodnight (It’s Time for Love),” “That Lady (Part 1),” “The Heat is On,” “The Pride,” “Take Me to the Next Phase,” “Showdown,” “I Wanna Be With You,” “Smooth Sailin’ Tonight,” and “Spend the Night.”

The Isley Brothers are a bridge between today’s most vital pop artists and the soul greats who brought the music out of the church and into mass consciousness. From Ice Cube to Aaliyah and Whitney Houston, contemporary R&B and hip-hop stars have frequently paid them tribute by sampling and covering their material. The Isleys have openly and humbly embraced everyone who has recognized and honored their work in this way.

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