O’Kelly Isley Jr. was a renowned American singer and one of the founding members of the family group The Isley Brothers. He was born on December 25th, 1937, in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, and passed away on March 31st, 1986, at the age of 48 in Alpine, New Jersey. In this article, we will take a closer look at his life and legacy and explore the cause of his death.
Early Life and Career
O’Kelly Isley Jr. grew up singing with his brothers at church. When he was 16, he and his three younger brothers (Rudy, Ronnie, and Vernon) formed The Isley Brothers and toured the gospel circuit. Following the death of Vernon in a road accident, the brothers decided to try their hand at doo-wop and moved to New York to find a recording deal. Between 1957 and 1959, the Isleys would record for labels such as Teenage and Mark X. In 1959, they signed with RCA Records after a scout spotted the trio’s energetic live performance. O’Kelly and his brothers co-wrote their first significant hit, Shout.While the original version only peaked at the top 50 of the Hot 100, subsequent versions helped the song sell over a million copies.
Ministry and Legacy
O’Kelly Isley Jr. was known for his contributions to The Isley Brothers’ music career. He sang lead on several tracks such as Black Berries from their album The Brothers: Isley. He also discovered Jimi Hendrix when he was homeless after hearing about Hendrix’s talents as a guitarist’s.
O’Kelly Isley Jr. Cause of Death
According to O’Kelly Isley Jr.’s cause of death was a heart attack. He passed away on March 31st, 1986, at his home in Alpine, New Jersey.
O’Kelly Isley Jr.’s legacy continues to live on through his music with The Isley Brothers. His contributions to music have inspired countless artists around the world.