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Encyclopedia > Ronald Isley
Ronald (center) with brothers O'Kelly and Rudolph, ca. 1960
Ronald (center) with brothers O'Kelly and Rudolph, ca. 1960

Ronald Isley (IPA: ['aɪzliː]) (b. May 21, 1941, Cincinnati, Ohio) is an American pop, rock, soul, and R&B singer and is known as the lead singer and founding member of the legendary family music group The Isley Brothers. He currently is enjoying a career resurgence that started in the mid-90s as an alter ego, Mr. Biggs, created by him and R. Kelly. Image File history File links The Isley Brothers. ... Image File history File links The Isley Brothers. ... OKelly Isley, Jr. ... Rudolph Bernard Isley (born on April 1, 1939 in Cincinnati, Ohio) was one of the original members of the legendary family music group, The Isley Brothers. ... Not to be confused with the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ... May 21 is the 141st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (142nd in leap years). ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... Nickname: The Queen City Location in Hamilton County, Ohio, USA Coordinates: Country United States State Ohio County Hamilton Founded 1788 Incorporated 1802 (village) - 1819 (city) Government type Strong mayor  - Mayor Mark L. Mallory (D) Area    - City  79. ... For popular music (music produced commercially rather than art or folk music), see Popular music. ... Rock is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars, and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles, however saxophones have been omitted from newer subgenres of rock music since the 90s. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... The Isley Brothers are a hugely popular African-American music group from Cincinnati, Ohio, who hold the record for being the longest-running charted group in music history. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Robert Sylvester Kelly, born January 8, 1967 in Chicago, IL, is a Grammy Award winning American Urban, R&B singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. ...

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Biography

Early life

Born the third eldest of six brothers, Ronald, like many of his siblings, began his career in the church. He began singing at the age of three winning a $25 war bond for singing at a spiritual contest at the Union Baptist Church and by the age of seven, Ronald was singing onstage at places like the Regal Theater from Chicago alongside Dinah Washington and few other notables. Dinah Washington (August 29, 1924 – December 14, 1963) was a blues, R&B and jazz singer. ...


Beginning of an era

As a young adolescent, Ronald and his brothers Rudolph, O'Kelly and Vernon Isley formed the original lineup of what would be the Isley Brothers in 1954 when he was only 13. Beginning as a gospel quartet, they began singing alongside their father, O'Kelly, Sr. (also a singer in his own right at the time) and their mother Sallye (the group's first pianist). Rudolph Bernard Isley (born on April 1, 1939 in Cincinnati, Ohio) was one of the original members of the legendary family music group, The Isley Brothers. ... OKelly Isley, Jr. ... Vernon Isley (1942-1955) was a singer and one of the original members of the family band The Isley Brothers during the time the group began their career as a gospel quartet where Vernon shared co-lead singing duties with older brother Ronald. ...


Ronald carried on as the leader of the Isleys after Vernon's tragic death in 1955. In 1957, the Isleys moved out of Cincinnati and headed to New York and began recording doo-wop material for several record labels. After several failed attempts, the brothers hit pay dirt after cultivating a song that had been created after the brothers' inspired performance of Jackie Wilson's Lonely Teardrops in a show at Washington, D.C. in 1959. After signing with RCA, the group released "Shout!", a song that has since become a legendary rock and roll staple. NY redirects here. ... Jackie Wilson Jack Leroy Jackie Wilson (June 9, 1934 – January 21, 1984) was an American soul and R&B singer born in Detroit, Michigan. ... Nickname: DC, The District Motto: Justitia Omnibus (Justice for All) Location of Washington, D.C., in relation to the states Maryland and Virginia Coordinates: Country United States Federal District District of Columbia Government  - Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D)  - City Council Chairperson: Vincent C. Gray (D) Ward 1: Jim Graham (D... Shout! was a very popular and influential record by The Isley Brothers when it was released in 1959. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ...


After the group's next big hit, "Twist & Shout", in 1962, and a brief successful stint in Motown, the brothers formed the T-Neck record label (named after their New Jersey hometown) in 1968 and released the hugely-successful funk anthem, "It's Your Thing", which won the group their only Grammy. Twist and Shout is a song originally by Phil Medley and Bert Russell. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ... Its Your Thing was a very successful single for the Isley Brothers when it was released in 1969. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...


Ronald could sing rock & roll as well as funk and soul. In fact, Ronald is considered one of the original belters and vocalists of the rock era. After years singing in gritty gospel-infused vocals, Ronald introduced R&B audiences to his piercing falsetto and softer tenor in ballads which led to what critics hailed as some of the greatest love songs of all time including "For the Love of You", "Make Me Say It Again, Girl", "At Your Best", "Footsteps in the Dark", "Voyage to Atlantis", "Choosey Lover", "Between the Sheets", and "Don't Say Goodnight", among others. He still sung in his gritty tenor in hits like "That Lady", "Live It Up", "Fight the Power" and "Take Me to the Next Phase". Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... At Your Best (You Are Love) was originally a radio hit by The Isley Brothers in 1976. ...


After the passing of oldest brother O'Kelly in 1986, Isley began working with soul singer-songwriter-producer Angela Winbush on the next Isley Brothers record, Smooth Sailin'. The album was released in 1987 and it wasn't long before Isley and Winbush had developed a romance. Sharing a duet on Winbush's own Sharp album (the top 40 R&B ballad "Hello, Beloved"), Isley & Winbush's romance blossomed and in 1993, they were married. Winbush continued producing records with Isley for 1989's Spend the Night, 1991's The Tracks of Life (with a revamped version of the Isley Brothers), 1996's Mission to Please (which Isley and Winbush scored a hit duet, "Floatin' On Your Love", whose remix featured Lil' Kim) and 2001's Eternal before Isley & Winbush divorced in 2001. The former couple remains close. OKelly Isley, Jr. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The soul, acording to many religious and philosophical traditions, is a self-aware ethereal substance particular to a unique living being. ... Image:Angelawinbush. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Isley also collaborated with Rod Stewart in 1990 on Stewart's cover of the 1966 Isley Brothers hit "This Old Heart of Mine". The collaboration reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, one place higher than the original, and also hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Roderick David Stewart, CBE (born January 10, 1945), was born and raised in London. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak For You) was a very successful hit single for The Isley Brothers during their brief tenure in Motown in 1966. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart (formerly known as Adult Contemporary Singles and only Adult Contemporary) lists the most popular songs weekly calculated by airplay and occasionally sales. ...


Later life

One of the founding members of the Isley Brothers, he is the only one of the brothers (as of 2006) who remains in the group. His vocals has helped the Isleys become the longest-running charted group in music history. Few bands or artists could get away with having a hit in 1959 and still make hits in the new millennium as Isley has with the hits "Contagious" (a Top 20 smash in 2001) and the Hot 100 singles "What Would You Do" and "Busted" (released in 2003). Also he was featured singing the hook in Swizz Beatz' "Big Business" and the remix, "Bigger Business".


Since the 1990s, he has become a sought-after vocalist for hip-hop artists like Warren G, Nas, UGK, Ja Rule and Jay-Z and in 1995, he began collaborating with one of his worshippers, R&B singer-songwriter R. Kelly who had a hit duet with Ronald and brother Ernie with "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)", the first hit by the Isleys in a long time. In the video to the song, Kelly and Isley introduced youngsters to the Mr. Biggs character, which has since become a Ronald Isley trademark. The Mr. Biggs character has also been featured in the video of B2K's "Girlfriend". For the band, see 1990s (band). ... It has been suggested that G-Funk Entertainment be merged into this article or section. ... This article or section contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... UGK (short for Underground Kingz) is a hip-hop duo from Port Arthur, Texas. ... Jeffrey Atkins (born February 29, 1976), better known by his stage name Ja Rule is an American rapper from Hollis, Queens, New York City, New York, United States. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Robert Sylvester Kelly, born January 8, 1967 in Chicago, IL, is a Grammy Award winning American Urban, R&B singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. ... Ernie Isley (born on March 7, 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA) is currently a member of the legendary family music group, The Isley Brothers, a legendary rock guitarist and drummer and was important to the Isleys development from one of the pioneering R&B groups of the day to... Down Low (Nobody Has to Know) is an R&B song about infidelity, released as a single by R. Kelly and featuring The Isley Brothers, on his self-titled album, in 1996. ... B2K was an American all-boy R&B music group, founded and managed by music producer Chris Stokes in 2001, and active until 2004. ...


In 1992, Ronald was inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as the charter member of The Isley Brothers. Most recently, he recorded a solo album with producer Burt Bacharach on the album Here I Am in 2003. The next year, he and Patti LaBelle scored a modest R&B hit with the single, "Gotta Go Solo". Ron Isley also appears on a posthumous track with Tupac Shakur called "Po Nigga Blues". The song appeared on the posthumous album Loyal To The Game. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, showing Lake Erie in the background The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a museum in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, dedicated, as the name suggests, to recording the history of some of the best-known and most influential rock and... Burt Bacharach (IPA: , born May 12, 1928 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an award-winning American pianist and composer. ... Patti LaBelle (born Patricia Louise Holt on May 24, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a legendary R&B/soul singer who fronted two very successful groups, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles and Labelle, which completely changed and birthed a new era of womens music and, in the process, has... Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac, Makaveli, or simply as Pac, was an American artist renowned for his rap music, movie roles, poetry, and his social activism. ...


After making headlines after marrying his background singer, Kandy Johnson, of the sister group, JS, Isley was sent to court and later convicted of tax evasion charges by the IRS. He was supposed to have been sentenced on January 9, 2006 but the sentence was postponed until the end of August of this year. Hollywood Reporter reports Isley was sentenced to 37 months in prison instead of the maximum sentence, which would've seen Isley go to jail for 26 years [1]. In the meantime, Isley and his wife await the birth of a son to be born sometime in 2007. This article contrasts tax evasion, tax avoidance, tax resistance and tax mitigation. ... Seal of the Internal Revenue Service The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the United States government agency that collects taxes and enforces the internal revenue laws. ... January 9 is the 9th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... For other uses, see August (disambiguation). ...


References

  1. ^ Concepción, Mariel (September 5, 2006). Ronald Isley Gets 3 Years For Tax Evasion. Vibe.

External links

  • IMDB page on Ronald Isley
  • Ronald Isley biography

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