Marvin was the bass player and the youngest members of the family music group, The Isley Brothers
In the late-1960s, he formed a trio with older brother Ernie and brother-in-law Chris Jasper. By the end of the decade, the group joined the singing older half of the Isleys as its instrumentalists.
The instrumental lineup became official band members to the Isleys in 1973, resulting in platinum record success with the band’s 3+3 album. For the next ten years, Marvin Isley played bass guitar on tracks including “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”.
The 3+3 lineup splintered into two groups in 1984, with the original Isleys carrying on as the Isley Brothers; while Marvin, Ernie and Chris formed Isley-Jasper-Isley. The group released three albums and had a US number one R&B hit single, “Caravan of Love”.
In 1991, Marvin Isley returned as member of the Isley Brothers with Ronald and Ernie and carried on until 1997, when Marvin developed diabetes. He had both legs removed. Marvin was inducted along with his brothers to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
Marvin Isley died on June 6, 2010, from complication of diabetes at the Seasons Hospice within Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of 56.
Today’s Sunday Sounds features the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama and their version if the iconic “Amazing Grace”.
“Amazing Grace” is a Christian hymn written by English poet and clergyman John Newton (1725–1807) published in 1779. With a message that forgiveness and redemption is possible regardless of the sins people commit and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God, “Amazing Grace” is one of the most recognizable songs in the English-speaking world, it is estimated that it is performed 10 million times a year.
This particular version taken from a Daytrotter Session, recorded on the 29th March 2010, departs slightly from the norm as the song is sung to the tune “House Of The Rising Sun” which is very much regarded as being an american traditional folk song, also known as “Rising Sun Blues”. Alan Price of The Animals who had the biggest hit version of the songs has often claimed that the song was originally a sixteenth-century English folk song about a Soho brothel, and that English emigrants took the song to America where it was adapted to its later New Orleans setting.
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