Marvin Isley, bassist for the [lastfm]Isley Brothers[/lastfm], died Sunday (June 6) in Chicago at the age of 56.
While Marvin was too young to join his three older brothers in the group in the ’60s, he and his guitarist brother Ernie, along with cousin Chris Jasper on keyboards, were drafted into the band in the early 1970s after it signed with Epic and started working on the Isley’s first gold album, 3+3.
Though the pre-Marvin Isley days saw the brothers chart with songs including “Twist and Shout,” “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)” and “It’s Your Thing,” Marvin’s bass playing helped usher in a fresher and funkier side of the group, with well-known tunes such as “Fight the Power” and “That Lady.”
Along with the rest of the Isleys, Marvin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and eventually retired from active playing in 1997, due to complications stemming from diabetes. He lost both of his legs due to his condition.