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Farewell Marvin Isley (August 18, 1953 – June 6, 2010)

Well friends, another r & b legend has gone on to glory!! Marvin Isley, bass guitarist for the Isley Brothers passed away on June 6, 2010 due to complications of diabetes in Chicago, IL.


He was the youngest memhber of the group, formed in  1954 by the three eldest Isley brothers, O’kelly Jr, Rudolph and Ronald. Marvin  joined in 1973, when the group expanded to 6 members,(3+3), including his brother Ernie and brother-in-law Jasper.

Some of the great songs he played bass guitar include “Fight the Power (Part 1 & 2)“, “I Wanna be With You (Part 1)“, “The Pride, Pt. 1 & 2“, “Don’t Say Goodnight (It’s Time for Love)“, “For the Love of You (Part 1 & 2)“, “Voyage to Atlantis“, and “Between the Sheets“. That is just a few to mention!!!

The 3+3 split in 1984. The three original Isleys kept the name The Isley Brothers and the three that joined later(Marvin, Chris and Ernie) became known as Isley-Jasper-Ispley. Their number one track many may remember was “Caravan of Love“. During their tenure they released three albums before rejoining the original Isley Brothers.

The Isley Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Finally due to severe diabetes, Marvin retired in 1997. Eventually the disease tragically led him to have both legs amputated.

Wow, this is the music I grew up on!! I remember like it was yesterday back in the day when my family came home from church every Sunday, my Dad would pop that 8-track in the player in the  living room and we’d listen to the great sounds of Isley Brothers, Marvin Gay, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Sam Cooke, Aretha, I soo could go on but you get the point!

But yes, thanks Marvin for your contribution to the R & B world, you will be sorely missed, but your music will live on forever.  (PS, if you see my Dad up there, play him a little ‘Voyage to Atlantis’, his favorite! Rest in Peace, Marvin….a job well done.)


June 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments