The Isley Brothers
With a career spanning more than six decades, The Isley Brothers made their mark on the R&B charts with the million-selling hit “Shout”, and the #1 R&B hit “Twist And Shout” (both songs were subsequently covered by The Beatles). Their 1969 hit “It’s Your Thing” cemented their fame, shooting to #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and selling more than five million copies. The song also earned a GRAMMY Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance. Ensuing #1 hits included the Billboard R&B chart-toppers “Fight The Power (Part 1),” and “Don’t Say Goodnight (It’s Time For Love),” from 1980, as well as the songs “That Lady (Part 1),” “The Heat Is On,” “The Pride," “Take Me To The Next Phase,” “Showdown,” “I Wanna Be With You,” “Smooth Sailin’ Tonight,” and “Spend The Night.” Their catalogue is reportedly the most sampled in the history of hip-hop, with samples used by artists like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Ice Cube, The Notorious B.I.G., and Public Enemy.
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