Vernon Isley Singer

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. Vernon was killed at the age of 13 when his bicycle collided with an oncoming car in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. The Isley Brothers (O'Kelly, Rudolph and Ronald) stopped performing for a few months, unable to deal with the tragedy. They were advised by their parents to keep on going with the family group, which they did, reviving the group in 1956 with Ronald as the group's only lead vocalist.

Personal details

Date of birth
United States of America
Date of death
1955 at age of 13

Musical acts

1.The Isley Brothers Rhythm and blues, Smooth soul, Psychedelic soul, Doo-wop, Soul music, Funk, Rock music, Rock and roll, Pop music, Quiet Storm, Funk rock, Disco, Gospel music, Contemporary R&B

1954 - 1955

The Isley Brothers are an American musical group originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, originally 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 originally performed gospel music until Vernon's death a couple years after its original 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 modestly successful works for a variety of labels, including the top 20 single, "Twist & Shout" and the Motown single, "This Old Heart of Mine" before recording and issuing the Grammy Award-winning hit, "It's Your Thing" on their own label, T-Neck Records.

Member history

Member Role Start End
Vocals 1954 1955
Lead Vocals 1954
Vocals 1954 1989
Vocals 1954 March 31st, 1986
Guitar 1964 1965
1973 1984
Guitar 1973 1983
Bass guitar 1973 1983


Album title Released Type
Shout! 1959 Studio album
Twist & Shout! 1962 Studio album
Twisting and Shouting 1963 Studio album
Put Yourself in My Place 1966 Studio album
Soul on the Rocks 1967 Studio album
It's Your Thing 1969 Studio album
That's the Way Love Is 1969 Studio album
The Brothers: Isley 1969 Studio album
Keep on Doin' 1970 Studio album
Get Into Something 1970 Studio album
Lay-Away 1972 Studio album
Pop That Thang 1972 Studio album
Work to Do 1972 Studio album
Summer Breeze (Part 1) 1972 Studio album
What It Comes Down To 1973 Studio album
That Lady (Part I) 1973 Studio album
Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While) 1975 Studio album
For the Love of You 1975 Studio album
Harvest for the World 1976 Studio album
Livin' in the Life 1977 Studio album
The Pride (Part 1) 1977 Studio album
Grand Slam 1981 Studio album
The Real Deal 1982 Studio album
Mission to Please 1996 Studio album
Baby Makin' Music 2006 Studio album

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