R.I.P. Marvin Isley

Caravan-Of-LoveMarvin Isley, bassist for the Isley Brothers, passed away Sunday morning from undisclosed causes at the age of 56. Though his name is best associated with his Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame-inducted family band, Marvin scored one of his biggest R&B hits as a member of another family band, Isley-Jasper-Isley, thanks to 1985’s smooth, summery “Caravan of Love.” Enjoy that classic video (and its totally amazing cross-cultural vibes) after the jump, and leave your memories of Isley in the comments.

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  • Diane

    I don’t think a lot of people know what talented musicians the Isleys were and are. They wrote their own songs and played their own instruments. RIP Marvin.

  • Sally in Chicago

    Ditto Diane.

  • jfms777

    They have been very inspirational for
    today’s hiphop, rap, and r&b talent. And they started in 1959–and lasted!

  • Anthony

    What a great song is “Caravan Of Love”. The House Martins’ a capella cover only confirms this. For rock fans not familiar with the Isleys, check out their R&B classic “Hope You Feel Better Love”, which has superb bass and percussion lines (not to mention lead guitar). Marvin’s loss is very sad, not least because of his suffering due to diabetes. Let’s hope the surviving Isleys continue their musical contributions.


    a great musican and humanitarian .. R>I>P my brotha. you will be missed

  • Janell

    The Isley Brothers are true musicians and singers. Their music was about power (“Fight the Power”) and love (“Coolin Me Out”). It brings back wonderful memories of the 1970’s and 1980’s as my mom and the rest our family & friends were fans of theirs and the next generation listened to them too.

    May he rest in peace!

  • Mike

    Great band,everything from Summer Breeze to Climbing Up The Ladder,they owned it

  • philip freeman

    another Isley gone way too soon, play some of their great songs everyday but esp today – start with “That Lady” as good as it gets. RIP

  • Vince

    The Isley Brother’s actually intergrated alot of rock influences into their early music. I’m 36 and my mom wasn’t a huge R&B fan, but the Isleys were one of the groups she (and I) loved.

  • harry

    R.I.P. Marvin Isley

  • Evie

    Another loss for music. His bass really made the Fight the Power album. Sympathy and best wishes to the family.

  • Davy B

    I was so thrilled to see the Isley Bros. live a few years back, such talented guys. when something like this happens, it always feels like it’s the end of an era. Maybe thats because some musicians have such a huge affect not just on fans but also on the times and cultures. The Isley’s have survived and evolved with the times and have remained relevant. That’s what has given them such longevity. Marvin will truly be missed.

  • Davy B

    “Go For Your Guns” a great example of some fantastic bass work!

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