2016 marks the 45th anniversary of when Soul Train aired nationally. To commemorate this milestone, every month this year SoulTrain.com’s Soul Train History Book will take a look back at the top 12 live performances ever presented on Soul Train.
#11 The Isley Brothers
In 1973, Ron, Rudolph, and O’Kelly Isley added younger brothers Ernie and Marvin and brother-in-law Chris Jasper to the group. Shortly thereafter, the expanded group reached a level of success they hadn’t seen previously.
That year, they scored a gold album with 3 + 3, and the following year had another gold album with Live It Up. Throughout the remainder of the ‘70s and early ‘80s, the Isley Brothers garnered a string of gold and platinum albums and became one of the most popular groups in the music business.
To celebrate their huge success, Don Cornelius paid tribute to the Isley Brothers on a November 1974 taping of Soul Train, with the group as the episode’s only guests.
They performed “That Lady,” “Live It Up,” “Summer Breeze,” “Midnight Sky,” and the beautiful, timeless ballad “Hello It’s Me.” The group’s live performances showcased their expert musicianship as well as their dynamic vocal range.
Take a look at this two-song performance of “That Lady” and “Live It Up” and see for yourself the sheer brilliance of the brothers Isley!
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