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Marvin Isley, bass player for the legendary funk band the Isley Brothers, died of undisclosed causes in Chicago on Monday June 7 at age 56. Marvin Isley was not a member of the original band comprising older brothers O’Kelly Jr., Rudolph and Ronald, who scored hits with the songs “Twist and Shout,” “It’s Your Thing” and “Shout.” Marvin joined the group in 1973 along with brother Ernie and brother-in-law Chris Jasper.
The new six-member lineup debuted with 1973′s 3+3, which contained such AM soul classics as “That Lady, Pt. 1 & 2″ and “What It Comes Down To.”
The group continued to have chart success throughout the decade with hit songs like “Fight the Power” and “Between the Sheets,” many of which were co-written by Marvin and the other two younger members. Marvin, Ernie and Jasper split off in 1984 to form Isley-Jasper-Isley, which met with modest success. They eventually returned to the fold to play with the Isley Brothers between 1991 and 1997, at which point O’Kelly had died of a cancer-related heart attack and Rudolph had left to work in the ministry.
The group has been on hiatus since 1997, when Marvin was forced to retire from playing due to complications from diabetes, which resulted in a double amputation of his legs. Ron later went to prison for tax evasion.
Born on August 18, 1953, Marvin first began playing with his brothers in the late 1960s and is credited with bringing a funkier, younger vibe to the group on several songs that have been heavily sampled by hip-hop artists such as Ice Cube and Jim Jones, including “Fight the Power” and “For the Love of You.” Along with his siblings, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
James Brown’s body was being kept in a crypt at his daughter’s house in South Carolina while his mausoleum is being built but for some odd reason, the body has come up missing. LaRhonda Pettit, James Brown’s illegitimate child, feels that the body has mysteriously disappeared because she requested an autopsy on her father’s remains.
The body of legendary singer James Brown has gone missing from its crypt, a daughter claims.Brown, known as the Godfather of Soul, was put in the temporary crypt at daughter Deanna’s South Carolina home while plans for a public mausoleum are finalised. But illegitimate daughter, 48-year-old LaRhonda Pettit, now insists his remains have been moved to prevent her carrying out an autopsy to discover his true cause of death. LaRhonda claims he may have been killed by people trying to get their hands on his money.
She said: “My daddy’s body has disappeared. I have no clue where it was taken but I need to know where it is. I’m convinced his death was suspicious and I want those responsible brought to justice. The only way to do that is to exhume his body and have an autopsy. It was common knowledge daddy took illegal drugs until his death. He was also hooked on painkillers. At the very least there were enablers who helped cause his death.”