Marvin Isley, bassist for Isley Brothers, dead at 56

According to the Associated Press, Marvin Isley died of undisclosed causes Sunday morning at a Chicago hospital. He was 56. Isley was the bassist and youngest member of the Isley Brothers on and off until 1996, when health problems — including diabetes (which caused him to lose both legs), a stroke, and a kidney transplant — forced him into retirement.

The Isley Brothers originally formed in 1954, with Marvin joining in 1973. Their biggest hit, the Grammy-winning “It’s Your Thing,” was recorded in 1969. In 1984, Marvin, his brother Ernie, and his brother-in-law Chris Jasper formed Isley-Jasper-Isley, scoring a No. 1 R&B hit with 1985’s “Caravan of Love.” Marvin rejoined the Isleys in 1991, and the group was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

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  • sam


  • CCB

    Wow. First Gary Coleman and Rue McClanahan and now this guy who sang in some band. Sad.

    • Dee Jones

      Some band? I advice you to do your homework on the Isley Bros.

    • Sebastian

      I agree. Some band? The Isley Brothers spand six decades including a stint in the early part of their career with Motown. I did not know about all of his medical problems. RIP Marvin.

  • wakeforce

    i guess we could say the same thing about some guy in leatherface who played in some band.

  • Terry Brinston

    Marvin played bass very well . If you listen to the Isley Brothers song Climbing The Ladder you will get it.I,am sorry the he,s gone .May he be with GOD. The music will stand for it self. Love to the Isley BROTHERS.

  • jackiejenkins

    i just had a 40th birthday on060469 and theisleybros move alldayeveryday talk about making love

  • jackiejenkins


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