“It’s Your Thing” Performed By The Isley Brothers (1969), The Temptations (1969) & The Jackson Five (1970)

February 25, 2010


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There are  more 1969 Grammy Awards left  to discuss then there is month left in February  :-).

I had a hard time deciding which award winning song to close the month out with, but finally decided on one of my favorite dance tunes of the Sixties -sung by one of my favorite tenors of all time — The Isley Brothers “It’s Your Thing”  which won the 1969 Grammy for Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance By a Group or Duo.

The brothers had been around as a gospel quartet ever since the fifties.  The group was made up of brother Ronald Isley, O’Kelly Isley, Jr., Rudolph Isley and Vernon Isley. When Vernon passed  after a bicycle accident in 1955,  Ronald became the new lead singer.

From the RCA label with their soulful sounds (“the classics “Shout” and “Twist & Shout”),  to their own label T-Neck, to Motown’s Tamla label, and finally back to T-neck the brothers had their hard-knocks on the road to  Grammy Gold.

Like many others in the Motown stable, The Isley Brothers were tired of the neglect they received at Motown while Gordy concentrated on making The Supremes, The Temptations and Diane Ross the superstars of the label.

They were released from their contract and almost immediately the brothers co-wrote “It’s Your Thing” and released it on their own T-Neck label.  The funky “IYT” topped the R&B charts at #1 and the Billboard Top 100 at #2 , then went on the win the first Grammy Award for any former Motown artist.

Everyone covered the song including many Motown artists.  I am especially partial to The Temptations’ psychedelic cover: the vocals harmonies are awesome! The J5 version is pretty great too IMHO. Check them out right now and let me know what you think.

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The Temptations 1960 cover version

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This is the original vocal from the J5 cover but it is a current extended Remix that I have been listening to a lot lately. Hope you enjoy it.

Trivia. This is the first song on which the then 17 yr old, baby brother,  Ernie Isley,  played bass on a song. Of course brother Ernie would go on to become an integral part of the third generation Isley Brothers renamed  Isley Brothers 3 +3 — one of the most successful self contained family funk units of the seventies.

The Isley Brothers first charted in 1959 with “Shout – Part 1″ ( #47 billboard top 100)

The Isley Brothers next appearance on the music charts was in 1962 with  “Shout – Part 1″ (#94 Billboard top 100)

Musically Yours,

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1 SupaStarry March 24, 2010 at 1:21 am

Hey Sondan!

long time no speak or uh write, i guess lol. my computer blew out in December and i jus got the internet workin on the laptop (well kinda lol). i feel so out of the loop now lol.

now gettin on topic…i love all thrre versions of this song its one of my fave Isley/Jackson song!

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2 SonDan March 25, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Hello SupaS.

I missed you. I figured that you must be having computer issues. I am so glad you are back. You got a lot a of reading to catch up with and I am looking forward to your comments.

I agree with you SS. “IYT” is a great song no matter who sings it – isn’t it? Berry Gordy lost out on that one didn’t he? (LOL)!

I think that the best career move The Isley Brothers every made was to leave Motown. :-)

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3 SupaStarry March 29, 2010 at 1:27 am

i missed you too SonDan! good call on the computer problems lol im happy you didnt think i jus up and left you. and i do have alot of reading, the last time i checked the blog was around December/Christmas time!

lol Berry did lose out on that one! it was good for them escpecially since they got to do their own music instead of only wat was given to them (even tho i do love their Motown stuff)

P.S- the Isley Brothers Soul Train episode comes on this Tues if you havent seen it already.

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4 SonDan March 30, 2010 at 12:50 am

So glad you are back online SS.

And thanks for letting me know about Soul Train on Tues – I thought it only came on weekends. I want to try to catch that episode with The Isleys. This news must be why the little voice in my head had me get out of bed and check the blog for messages (LOL).

Gotta try to get some sleep but will chat with you soon.

Hugs,

SonDan

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