Rudolph Isley, a founding member of the Isley Brothers who helped deliver original rhythm and blues classics like “Shout” and “Twist and Shout,” dies at 84 song as well as the funky hits “That Lady” and “It’s Your Thing.”
“There are no words to express how I feel and love my brother. Our family will miss him. But I know he is in a better place,” Ronald Isley told Isley Brothers PR Thursday said the release. Further details were not immediately available.
Rudolph Isley, a Cincinnati native, began singing in church with brothers Ronald and O’Kelly (another brother, Vernon, died when he was 13) , who was still in his teens when they had their breakthrough in the late 1950s with the secular gospel song “Shout.” The orgy was later immortalized in the toga party scene in Animal House. The Isleys had another hit in the early 1960s with the equally energetic “Twist and Shout,” a song that the Beatles liked so much they used it as the outro to their debut album and to their 1965 album “Twist and Shout.” The famous concert at the Yi Stadium opened.
Other Isley hits include “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You),” later covered by Rod Stewart, and the Grammy Award-winning “It’s Your Thing.” In the 1970s, after their brothers Ernest and Marvin joined the band, they achieved greater success with singles such as “That Lady” and “Fight the Power (Part 1)” and million-selling albums such as “The Heat Is On”. “Get your gun.”
In 1989, three years after O’Kelly Isley’s sudden death, Rudolph Isley left the organization to become a Christian pastor. In 1992, he was a member of the Isley Family and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.