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- Posted on Jun 7th 2010 12:05PM by Mike Ayers
Though the pre-Marvin days saw the Isleys 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, funkier side of the group, with well-known staples such as 'Fight the Power,' 'That Lady' and 'For the Love of You.'
Along with the rest of his 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. Both his legs were eventually amputated due to his condition.
Marvin and Ernie Isley and Chris Jasper split from the Isley Brothers for a brief time, forming the Isley-Jasper-Isley trio and scoring a US No. 1 R&B hit with 'Caravan of Love' in 1985. The Isley Brothers' and Marvin's output didn't see commercial success in the '80s and '90s, yet they made their mark on the world of hip-hop, with many of their songs sampled over the years by the likes of Ice Cube, N.W.A., Jim Jones and Lily Allen.
Via L.A. Weekly, watch this clip of Isley performing with his band on 'Soul Train' in 1974.