This article will inform readers about the cause of the death of Rudolph Isley, the obituary and also details of the funeral.
Rudolph Bernard Isley was born on April 1, 1939, and died on October 11, 2023. He was an American singer-songwriter and one of the founding members of the Isley Brothers.
Who is Rudolph Isley?
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Rudy began singing in church at a young age. By his teen years, he was singing as a member of The Isley Brothers with Kelly, Ronnie, and Vernon. In 1957, following Vernon’s death, the remaining three elder Isleys moved to New York to seek a recording deal, later recording for smaller labels until landing a deal with RCA Records in 1959, where they wrote, recorded, and released their first significant recording, “Shout”. By the summer of that year, the Isley family had moved from Cincinnati to a home in Englewood, New Jersey.
Following “Shout”, the brothers recorded for other labels with modest success, with exceptions including the top 40 hit, “Twist & Shout” and the Motown hit “This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)”. In the 1960s, Rudy and his brothers founded the T-Neck Records label to promote their recordings.
Following their split with Motown, they reactivated the label and scored a Grammy-winning smash with “It’s Your Thing” in 1969. While Ron Isley was the prominent lead singer of the group, Rudy did record a few lead vocals on some Isley Brothers songs, following the reactivation of T-Neck. After the group reorganized into a band after the inclusion of younger brothers Ernie and Marvin Isley and in-law Chris Jasper, Rudy was known for wearing hats and fur-attired clothing and was also known for carrying a cane.
Rudy would share lead vocals with his brothers Ron and Kelly on hits such as “Fight the Power” and “Livin’ in the Life”. Rudy also sang full lead on other tunes such as “You Still Feel the Need” from the album Harvest for the World, and their 1979 hit, “It’s a Disco Night (Rock Don’t Stop)”.
In 1986, Rudy’s eldest brother, Kelly, suddenly died of a heart attack in his sleep. Kelly’s death devastated Rudy, as the brothers had been close. After recording the albums Smooth Sailin’ and Spend the Night, Rudy Isley left the group and the music industry for good in 1989 to follow a lifelong goal of being a Christian minister. Rudy was inducted as a member of the Isleys into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
What caused the death of Rudolph Isley?
Rudolph Isley, one of the founding members of the Isley brothers, has died at 84. He passed away on Wednesday in Illinois. According to reports, the cause of death has not yet been confirmed. But a reports from TMZ said that it’s believed that he suffered a heart attack.
Obituary of Rudolph Isley?
Rudolph Isley, a founding member of the Isley Brothers who helped perform such raw rhythm and blues classics as “Shout” and “Twist and Shout” and the funky hits “That Lady” and “It’s Your Thing,” has died at age 84.
“There are no words to express my feelings and the love I have for my brother. Our family will miss him. But I know he’s in a better place,” Ronald Isley, a family member said in a statement released Thursday by an Isley Brothers publicist. Further details were not immediately available.
Funeral details of Rudolph Isley
The family of Rudolph Isley are yet to make public the funeral details of the American singer-songwriter as of the time this article was published.