Ron Isley, O’Kelly Isley Jr., and Rudolph Isley formed the trio of The Isley Brothers in Cincinnati, Ohio. Over the 1950s, they toiled assiduously, even starting a gospel group with another brother, Vernon, who died later that year. Yet it wasn’t until 1959 that the trio had a significant hit with their fourth record, “Shout”.
Currently, there is reportedly a familial feud brewing among The Isley Brothers. Here, Rudolph Isley accuses Ronald Isley, his younger brother, of acting discreetly and maybe scamming him out of a sizable sum of money.
Rudolph is suing Ronald, according to a recent lawsuit acquired by TMZ, for the rights to the “The Isley Brothers” trademark. Rudolph claims Ronald registered for and was granted the licensing in his own name and is now keeping all the proceeds.
Since their brother O’Kelly passed away in 1986, Rudolph believes he and Ronald have been obligated to split all band income 50/50; however, Rudolph thinks Ronald has recently turned against them.
Rudolph claims in the documents that Ronald requested and was given the exclusive rights to “The Isley Brothers” for use on “visual recordings and audiovisual recordings featuring music and animation” back in August. Rudolph maintains, however, that Ronald needs his consent to make such an agreement.
Now, Rudolph is asking the court to intervene and rule that he and his brother equally own the “The Isley Brother” trademark. In addition to this, he also wants Ronald to pay him half of whatever money he has made off their band’s reputation since obtaining the trademark.
Ron has been the lead singer as well as the most stable element of the Isley Brothers throughout their career. He even went on to have a profitable solo career in the 1990s and 2000s. With over 18 million recordings sold in the US alone, The Isley Brothers are one of music history’s most illustrious bands.
The group has had new songs reach the Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades, and they have also won a Lifetime Grammy Award and been admitted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.