How many of da Isley brothers are still alive?

There are 4 members of The Isley Brothers that are still alive:

Ronald Isley

Ernie Isley

Rudolph Isley

Chris Jasper

Ronald Isley was born on May 21, 1941, in Cincinnati, Ohio. His love of music was encouraged at early age, by his father, a professional vocalist, and his mother, a church pianist who also provided musical accompaniment for him and his brothers at their early performances.

For over 50 years, he has been the lead singer of one of the most influential groups in popular music, The Isley Brothers. Throughout his career, he has continued giving the same encouragement that his father gave him and his brothers by teaching and encouraging other artists.

Ernie Isley was born on March 7, 1952 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Ernest Isley. He is married to Tracy. They have one child.

Rudolph Isley was born on April 1, 1939 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Rudolph Bernard Isley. He is married to Elaine.

Chris Jasper was born on December 30, 1951 (age 65), Cincinnati, Ohio. He is married to Margie. They have three children.

And there are 3 members who are already dead:

Vernon Isley

O'Kelly Isley

Marvin Isley

Vernon Isley - was killed in a bike accident in 1955

O'Kelly Isley - died on March 31, 1986, at the age of 48, from a heart attack

Marvin Isley – died of complications from his diabetes on June 6, 2010

The Isley Brothers was first formed in the early '50s. They enjoyed one of the longest, most influential, and most diverse careers in the pantheon of popular music -- over the course of nearly a half century of performing, the group's distinguished history spanned not only two generations of Isley siblings but also massive cultural shifts which heralded their music's transformation from gritty R&B to Motown soul to blistering funk.

The first generation of Isley siblings was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, where they were encouraged to begin a singing career by their father, himself a professional vocalist, and their mother, a church pianist who provided musical accompaniment at their early performances. Initially a gospel quartet, the group was comprised of Ronald, Rudolph, O'Kelly, and Vernon Isley; after Vernon's 1955 death in a bicycling accident, tenor Ronald was tapped as the remaining trio's lead vocalist. In 1957, the brothers went to New York City to record a string of failed doo wop singles; while performing a spirited reading of the song "Lonely Teardrops" in Washington, D.C., two years later, they interjected the line "You know you make me want to shout," which inspired frenzied audience feedback. An RCA executive in the audience saw the concert, and when he signed the Isleys soon after, he instructed that their first single be constructed around their crowd-pleasing catch phrase; while the call-and-response classic "Shout" failed to reach the pop Top 40 on its initial release, it eventually became a frequently covered classic.

Still, success eluded the Isleys, and only after they left RCA in 1962 did they again have another hit, this time with their seminal cover of the Top Notes' "Twist and Shout." Like so many of the brothers' early R&B records, "Twist and Shout" earned greater commercial success when later rendered by a white group -- in this case, the Beatles; other acts who notched hits by closely following the Isleys' blueprint were the Yardbirds ("Respectable," also covered by the Outsiders), the Human Beinz ("Nobody but Me"), and Lulu ("Shout"). During a 1964 tour, they recruited a young guitarist named Jimmy James to play in their backing band; James -- who later shot to fame under his given name, Jimi Hendrix -- made his first recordings with the Isleys, including the single "Testify," issued on the brothers' own T-Neck label. They signed to the Motown subsidiary Tamla in 1965, where they joined forces with the famed Holland-Dozier-Holland writing and production team. Their first single, the shimmering "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)," was their finest moment yet, and barely missed the pop Top Ten.

The Isleys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. They became the first band to score a Top 50 hit in six consecutive decades on Billboard's Hot 100 when "Contagious" climbed to #19 in 2001.

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