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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 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
2002 Then: Totally Oldies, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2002 Top of the Pops, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2002 Total Chill - Out Various Artists 1
2002 Total Funk: The Ultimate Collection Various Artists 1
2002 Tropical Nights Various Artists 1
2003 The Love Songs of Motown Various Artists 1
2003 Chick Flicks: The Sequel Various Artists 1
2003 Artist’s Choice: Rolling Stones Various Artists 1
2003 Let's Groove Various Artists 2
2003 Old School Jams 4 Various Artists 1
2003 More Smooth Jazz on a Summer's Day Various Artists 1
2003 Feelin' Good Various Artists 1
2003 Good Vibes: The Jingly Jangly Sound of Summer Various Artists 1
2003 Promo Only: Urban Radio, July 2003 Various Artists 1
2003 The Best Smooth Jazz...Ever! Various Artists 3
2003 Perfect Sunday (Sunday Mirror) Various Artists 1
2003 Red: Hot Summer Various Artists 1
2003 Let's Groove Again Various Artists 1
2003 Under the Influence: Ian Brown Various Artists 2
2003 SATURN Exklusiv Edition: Groove Edition Various Artists 1
2003 Motown Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
2003 Capital Gold: Motown Classics Various Artists 1
2003 Jazz FM the Album Various Artists 1
2003 Motown Classics: The Soul of a Nation Various Artists 1
2003 The D.I.S.C.O. Album Various Artists 1
2003 Motown, Soul & Great Rock n' Roll: Motown Various Artists 1
2003 Dance 'til You Drop Various Artists 1
2003 A Piece of Gold: Soulful Pop Songs Selected by Tahiti 80 Tahiti 80 1
2003 60's R&B Various Artists 1
2003 70's Soul Mix Various Artists 1
2003 Classic R&B Various Artists 1
2003 Disco Greats Various Artists 1
2003 Disco Greats: Charlie's Angels Full Throttle Various Artists 1
2003 Flares Feel Good Funk 'n' Disco Various Artists 1
2003 Freewheeling, Part One Various Artists 1
2003 Funky Dance Grooves, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2003 Happy 60s Various Artists 1
2003 Late Night London, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2003 Oldie Juke Box Various Artists 1
2003 Playlist: Dance and Urban, Volume 15 Various Artists 1
2003 Smooth Jazz 2 Various Artists 1
2003 Soul Satisfaction 4 Various Artists 1
2003 The 70s Box (The Best of Disco, Glam, & Soul) Various Artists 1
2003 The People: Sounds of the Summer Various Artists 1
2003 The Very Best of 1970s Various Artists 1
2003 Unwind Various Artists 1
2004 Motown Sings Motown Treasures, Volumes 1 & 2 Various Artists 1
2004 Jazz Cafe: The Soul Mix Various Artists 1
2004 Super Stars of Seventies Soul Various Artists 1
2004 John Lennon's Jukebox Various Artists 1
2004 Sixties Classics Various Artists 1
2004 Mojo Music Guide, Volume 3: Raw Soul Various Artists 1
2004 Late Night Moods Various Artists 1
2004 Feber: Andres Lokko - Northern & Modern Soul Various Artists 1
2004 Capital Gold: Just Great Songs Various Artists 1
2004 This Is the Modern World Various Artists 1
2004 Black Power: Music of a Revolution Various Artists 1
2004 Ghetto Funk Sessions Various Artists 1
2004 70s Soul Sessions Various Artists 1
2004 The Trip: Created by Saint Etienne Saint Etienne 1
2004 Uncut: Summer of Motown Various Artists 1
2004 Nicky Siano's the Gallery Various Artists 1
2004 One Shot Presents Black ’80 Various Artists 1
2004 Classic Soul Ballads Love Power Various Artists 1
2004 The Best Sixties Party Various Artists 1
2004 The Prophecy Nas 1
2004 60s Soul Sessions Various Artists 1
2004 60s Top Ten Hits, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2004 70s Summer Hits Various Artists 1
2004 80's Disco Non Stop Dancing Various Artists 1
2004 100 Hits Kings of Beats Various Artists 1
2004 100.4 smoothfm Go With the Flow Various Artists 1
2004 120% Soul Various Artists 1
2004 Best of Motown, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2004 BET Awards: '04 Nominees Various Artists 1
2004 Body & Soul: Love & Rhythm Various Artists 1
2004 Body & Soul: Midnight Grooves Various Artists 1
2004 Body & Soul: Night Moods Various Artists 1
2004 Capital Gold Soul Classics Various Artists 1
2004 Die Hits der 70er: Disco Edition Various Artists 1
2004 Funk Club: Sensational Funk Grooves Various Artists 1
2004 Heart and Soul Various Artists 1
2004 Kool Savas Goes Hollywood Kool Savas 1
2004 Marvel of Marvin: The Heard Instinct Various Artists 1
2004 My Heart Will Go On Various Artists 1
2004 Plug Into New Music Various Artists 1
2004 Rocking All Over the World Various Artists 2
2004 Solid Gold, Volume 3: Sweet Soul Music Various Artists 1
2004 Solid Gold, Volume 4: Dancing in the Streets Various Artists 1
2004 Soul! The Very Best of Motown Various Artists 2.5 1
2004 Soulman: The Ultimate Soul Classics Various Artists 1
2004 Soulsugar, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2004 Sounds of the Season: The R&B Collection Various Artists 1
2004 The Romantic Collection Various Artists 1
2004 The Sixties Album Various Artists 1
2004 The Ultimate Disco Album Various Artists 1
2004 Threesome Collection, Volume 3: Slow Grooves Various Artists 1
2004 Typisch Zestig! Various Artists 1
2004 Ultimate Seventies Collection, Vol. 3 Various Artists 1
2005 Funk Soul Anthems Various Artists 1

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