Marvin Isley dies at age 56

Updated: Jun 09, 2010, 16:23 PM IST

New York: Marvin Isley, bass player for the Isley Brothers, died in Chicago on Sunday, aged 56. He reportedly succumbed to complications from diabetes, a disease that forced him to retire from performing with the legendary funk band in 1997.

Marvin joined the Isley Brothers in 1973 after the original lineup -- comprised of older brothers O`Kelly Jr., Rudolph and Ronald -- had scored hits with songs like ‘Twist and Shout,’ ‘It`s Your Thing’ and ‘Shout.’

The band`s first album with Marvin, 1973`s ‘3+3,’ went platinum. Marvin is credited with bringing a funkier, younger vibe to the group on several songs that have been heavily sampled by hip-hop artists such as Ice Cube and Jim Jones.

The Isley Brothers continued to chart throughout the `70s with songs like ‘Who`s That Lady,’ ‘Fight the Power’ and ‘Between the Sheets,` many of which were co-written by Marvin and the two younger members, brother Ernie and brother-in-law Chris Jasper. Marvin, Ernie and Jasper split off in 1984 to form Isley-Jasper-Isley, but returned to the fold in 1991.

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