Marvin Isley (The Isley Brothers)

Generations continue to groove to the Isley Brothers…thanks to a cat named Marvin!

“Pop That Thang!” “Harvest for the World” “Fight the Power Pts. 1 & 2” “That Lady Pts. 1 & 2” are just a few examples of the enduring bass artistry of the late Marvin Isley!

The youngest member of the musical family- when Marvin joined The Isley Brothers in 1971 – he primed the veteran rhythm & blues ensemble for a decade of funk, soul, and disco hits.

A pocket player who slapped, finger plucked, and rendered heavy grooves which often doubled synth and guitar motifs, Marvin used a Fender Jazz in the studio and various instruments on stage.

He anchored the Isleys until 1997 with the exception his brief tenure with the offshoot Isley-Jasper-Isley trio which scored a hit in 1985 with “Caravan of Love.”

It’s impossible to calculate just how many times Marvin and the Isleys have been sampled… and directly referenced by contemporary rhythm and blues, hip-hop, and rap artists.

Dig Marvin on “Pop That Thang” https://youtu.be/ga0jnQLIe5s

Dig Marvin on “Harvest for the World” https://youtu.be/8QZvoOqUkqw

Dig Marvin on “Fight the Power” https://youtu.be/8QZvoOqUkqw

Dig Marvin on “That Lady” https://youtu.be/S1Mvy3E8P2U

Dig Marvin with a Fender P bass  on “Caravan of Love”  https://youtu.be/foFK6q7kF9Y

Read Jim Farber’s “What You Don’t Know About the Isley Brothers” on Music Aficionado which expands on some of the tracks that Marvin played on: https://bit.ly/2TZmgxL  

Courtesy of Isley Brothers Official Courtesy of Isley Brothers Official

Courtesy of Isley Brothers Official