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Ronald Isley (born May 21, 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States) is an American singer and is known as the lead singer and founding member of the family music group The Isley Brothers.

Born the third of six brothers, Ronald, like many of his siblings, began his career in the church. He began singing at the age of three, winning a $25 war bond for singing at a spiritual contest at the Union Baptist Church. By the age of seven, Ronald was singing onstage at venues such as the Regal Theater in Chicago, alongside Dinah Washington and a few other notables.

In 1954, when Ronald was only 13, he and his brothers, Rudolph, O’Kelly and Vernon Isley, formed the original lineup of what would become the Isley Brothers. Beginning as a gospel quartet, they began singing alongside their father, O’Kelly, Sr. (also a singer in his own right at the time), and their mother Sallye (the group’s first pianist).

Ronald carried on as the leader of the Isleys after Vernon’s 1955 death in a bicycle accident at age 13. In 1957, the Isleys moved out of Cincinnati and headed to New York City, where they began recording doo-wop material for several record labels. After several failed attempts, the brothers hit pay dirt after cultivating a song that had been created after the brothers’ inspired performance of Jackie Wilson’s “Lonely Teardrops” at a 1959 Washington, D.C. show. After signing with RCA Records, the group released “Shout”, a song that has since become a legendary rock and roll staple.


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  • badgyrl310

    I'm loving the new joint Dinner and a Movie

    3 Jul 2013 Reply
  • sandi1580

    If theres anyone who hasnt heard " Think " by Ronald Isley, pl-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-a-ssse ee!!! ( listen 2 it! ) Its been my favorite 4 many years. And I know ul luv it as much as I do! 4 some reason its never got much play, and he never got the credit he deserved. But hey ppl, please chek- it - out! U wont be dissapointed, no matter the kind of music ur into!!! Peace.....

    27 May 2011 Reply
  • sandi1580

    I love you, Ronald! Anything u sing is beautiful. I have been listening to The Isley Brothers for a very long..... long..... time. Nobody does It Better!!!

    27 May 2011 Reply
  • naynay1129

    what i miss the most has to be my favorite song from him

    10 Mar 2011 Reply
  • doriankellly

    Tooooooo cooool!

    6 Apr 2010 Reply
  • one_be_lo

    so fly....FREE RONNIE

    11 Oct 2008 Reply

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