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The Isley Brothers () are an American musical group originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, that started as 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 performed gospel music until Vernon's death a few years after its 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 for a variety of labels, including the top 20 single, "Twist and 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.

Influenced by gospel and doo-wop music, the group began experimenting with different musical styles incorporating elements of rock and funk music as well as pop balladry. The inclusion of younger brothers Ernie Isley (lead guitar, drums) and Marvin Isley (bass guitar), and Rudolph's brother-in-law Chris Jasper (keyboards, synthesizers) in 1973 turned the original vocal trio into a self-contained musical band. For the next full decade, they recorded top-selling albums including The Heat Is On and Between the Sheets.

The six-member lineup of the band splintered in 1983, with Ernie, Marvin, and Chris Jasper forming the short-lived spinoff group Isley-Jasper-Isley. Eldest member O'Kelly died in 1986 and Rudolph and Ronald released a pair of albums as a duo before Rudolph retired for life in the Christian ministry in 1989. Ronald re-formed the group two years later in 1991 with Ernie and Marvin; five years later in 1996, Marvin Isley left the group due to complications of diabetes. The remaining duo of Ronald and Ernie accomplished mainstream success with the albums Mission to Please (1996) Eternal (2001) and Body Kiss (2003), with the former album spawning the top twenty hit, "Contagious". As of 2016, the Isley Brothers continue to perform under the lineup of Ronald and Ernie.

The Isley Brothers have had four Top 10 singles on the United States Billboard chart. Sixteen of their albums charted in the Top 40. Thirteen of those albums have been either certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum by the RIAA. The brothers have been honored by several musical institutions including being inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Five years later, they were inducted to Hollywood's Rockwalk and in 2003, were inducted to the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Hotdogs, Hits & Happy Days Various Artists 13
1999 INCredible Sound of Gilles Peterson Gilles Peterson 3
1999 Midnight Blue Top 40 Chartbusters 1975 Various Artists 1
1999 Party Zone 2000 Various Artists 1
1999 Platinum R&B Various Artists 1
1999 Platinum R&B Party Various Artists 1
1999 Pop Music: The Golden Era 1951-1975 Various Artists 1
1999 Pop Shop Classics: Love & Affection Various Artists 1
1999 Pure Funk, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1999 Roots of Rhythm: Rip It Up Various Artists 1
1999 Roots of Rhythm: Say It Loud Various Artists 1
1999 Roots of Rhythm: Twist and Shout Various Artists 1
1999 Skeive Skiver 2 Various Artists 1
1999 Soul Machine, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1999 The Millennium Collection Various Artists 1
2000 Our Turn to Cry Various Artists 1
2000 Pop Rock Selects Various Artists 1
2000 All You Need Is Love Various Artists 1
2000 Tamla Motown: Big Hits & Hard to Find Classics, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2000 Planet Groove: The Huey Session Various Artists 1
2000 The Funk Box Various Artists 1
2000 Black Silk Various Artists 1
2000 '80s Love Anthems Various Artists 1
2000 1960's #1 R&B Hits Various Artists 1
2000 Body + Soul: Destiny Love Various Artists 1
2000 Body + Soul: Moonlit Passion Various Artists 1
2000 Body + Soul: Secret Fantasy Various Artists 1
2000 Funkin' on the 1 Various Artists 1
2000 Glory Days of Rock 'n' Roll: R&B Legends Various Artists 1
2000 Going To A Go Go Various Artists 1
2000 Golden Groups of the Sixties Various Artists 1
2000 Greatest Hits of Soul and R&B Various Artists 1
2000 Las mejores canciones de cine vol. 2 Various Artists 1
2000 Legends of Soul Various Artists 1
2000 Motown Various Artists 2
2000 Respect: The Soundtrack to The Soul Generation Various Artists 2
2000 Roots of Rhythm: Make It Funky Various Artists 1
2000 Roots of Rhythm: Who's That Lady? Various Artists 1
2000 Soul Hits of the 70's Various Artists 1
2000 Stand Up and Be Counted: Soul, Funk and Jazz from a Revolutionary Era, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2000 Step Back & Boogie Various Artists 1
2000 The Classic Rhythm + Blues Collection: 1967-1969 Various Artists 1
2000 Zoom sur les années 70 Various Artists 1
2001 Tamla Motown Connoisseurs Various Artists 1
2001 Back to Black Various Artists 1
2001 New Millennium Funk Party Various Artists 1
2001 The Classic Rhythm + Blues Collection: 1966-1969 Various Artists 1
2001 Mod Fave Raves, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2001 People Get Up: Original House Party Funk & Get Down Jazz Various Artists 1
2001 Disco Dance Various Artists 1
2001 Gimme Shelter: Kaleidoscopic Funk Collision Various Artists 1
2001 Pure Soul Power Various Artists 1
2001 Say It Loud! A Celebration of Black Music in America Various Artists 1
2001 Funk Sessions: 30 Chunks of the Fattest Funk Cuts Various Artists 1
2001 Can You Dig It? The ’70s Soul Experience Various Artists 1
2001 Top 40 Hitdossier 1969-1970 Various Artists 1
2001 Now That’s What I Call Christmas! Various Artists 2
2001 Tamla Motown Gold: The Sound of Young America Various Artists 1
2001 Body & Soul Various Artists 1
2001 Body + Soul: After Dark Various Artists 1
2001 Dance Party Classics Various Artists 1
2001 De Grootste Disco Hits Aller Tijden Various Artists 1
2001 Good Times: Best of the 70s Various Artists 1
2001 Hits of the 60s Various Artists 1
2001 Lazy Afternoon Various Artists 1
2001 Love Unlimited: The Soulful Sound of Love Various Artists 1
2001 Nothin' but Rock 'n' Roll Various Artists 1
2001 Reklame Favoritter Various Artists 1
2001 Reklamklassiker Various Artists 1
2001 Rhino Instant Party: Blow-Out! Various Artists 1
2001 Season's Greetings 2 Various Artists 1
2001 Solid Gold Soul: Make It Funky Various Artists 1
2001 Soul Sessions Various Artists 1
2001 Sunshine - The Cool Sound of a Hot Summer Various Artists 2
2001 Super Soul Singles Various Artists 1
2001 Tamla Motown: Big Hits & Hard to Find Classics, Volumes 1-3 Various Artists 1
2001 The Best Northern Soul All-Nighter... Ever! Various Artists 2
2001 The Best of Motown 1960s, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2001 The In Crowd: The Ultimate Mod Collection Various Artists 1
2001 The Very Best of Jazz FM Various Artists 1
2001 Ultimate Love Classics, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2002 Solid Gold Funk - Old School Jams Various Artists 1
2002 The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the 50s Various Artists 1
2002 The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the 70s Various Artists 1
2002 Soul Spectacular! The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time Various Artists 1
2002 Capital Gold Legends III Various Artists 1
2002 TMF Hitzone 19 Various Artists 1
2002 Midnite Soul: The Best Soul Songs for the Night Various Artists 1
2002 A Cellarful of Motown! Various Artists 1
2002 School Disco.com: Summer Holiday Various Artists 1
2002 As We Travel: Folk Funk Flavours & Ambient Soul Various Artists 1
2002 The Very Best of Jazz FM, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2002 The Ultimate Cheeky Party Album Various Artists 1
2002 Freedom: Songs From the Heart of America Various Artists 1
2002 ?uestlove Presents: Babies Makin' Babies Various Artists 1
2002 60's Pop Hits Various Artists 1
2002 Best of the 50s Various Artists 1
2002 Best Selection of Motown 1960s Various Artists 1
2002 Cargo Hard Tech 2 Various Artists 1
2002 Eternal Love Various Artists 1

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