"And I talked to other people, other artists, and they said, 'I'm not doing that (show)' for the same reason."But she had "Unsung" producers send her installments of the show, and she reconsidered, deciding it was time to tell her side of the story."People have misquoted and misstated things, like that Rene and I were lovers or that we were married," Winbush says."That's one of the most outrageous things you could imagine.As well as suffering a stroke, high blood pressure, both his legs were amputated and the talented bassist lose the use of his left hand.The Isley Brothers established themselves with hits like 1959's Shout, which sold more than a million records.Initially a modest charted single, the song eventually sold over a million copies.Afterwards the group recorded for a variety of labels, including the top 20 single, "Twist and Shout" and the Motown single, "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)" before recording and issuing the Grammy Award-winning hit, "It's Your Thing" on their own label, T-Neck Records.Over the years, many black American soul groups have been formed around family members, notably the Jackson Five, Sister Sledge and the Staple Singers.At their peak, the Isley Brothers boasted six family members including the bassist and youngest brother, Marvin.
From 1975 to 1980, the Isley Brothers had 14 Top 10 R&B records, including Fight the Power Part 1, Harvest for the World and Livin’ in the Life.The hospital's spokeswoman could not confirm a cause of death.But Chris Jasper, a cousin who was the Isley Brothers’ keyboard player for many years said the cause was diabetes.Marvin Isley, the bass player who helped give R&B powerhouse the Isley Brothers their distinctive sound, has died at a Chicago hospital.Isley, 56, died on Sunday morning at an in-patient hospice at Weiss Memorial Hospital.