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The Isley Brothers Grace NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts Series

Written by on 19 Aug 2021


The world was recently gifted with a Tiny Desk (Home) Concert from the Isley Brothers.  As I sat down and watched, I knew this was something that had to be spotlighted on The IMN.

To put this in perspective, the Isley Brothers career began in 1954.  Whether it was in my grandmother’s day enjoying hits like Shout in 1959 or It’s Your Thing in 1969, to my mother grooving to Summer Breeze in 1974  or Groove With You in 1978, to myself being introduced with Contagious in 2001 and peeking back to hits like Between the Sheets in 1983, the brothers from Ohio have been synonymous with soul music.  This particular performance display their still present passion for music and the joys it can bring.  Lead Singer Ronald Isley, aka Mr. Biggs, sports the full gray beard and the OG Uniform (The Velour Track Suit).  Legendary Guitarist Ernest Isley, aka Ernie, embodies cool with his signature subtle bravado.  I can’t thank Bobby Carter and the Tiny Desk team enough for delivering another memorable appearance and their continued impact the Tiny Desk Series provides with its platform.  Enjoy!


  • “Between the Sheets”
  • “Footsteps in the Dark”
  • “For the Love of You”
  • “That Lady”


  • Ronald Isley: vocals
  • Ernest Isley: guitar
  • Kandy Isley: vocals
  • Kimberly Johnson: vocals
  • Calvin Rodgers: drums
  • Chris Payton: guitar
  • Quintin “Q” Gulledge: keys
  • Maurice Fitzgerald: bass


  • Video: Morgan Glenn, Josh Brickey
  • Camera Operators: Brandon Brinkley, Isaac Sinason
  • Additional Production: Mary Meadows, Bryan Weddle, Jonathan Becker, Marcos Machado
  • Audio: Adam Edmonds, Quintin “Q” Gulledge
  • Guitar Tech: Sam Mays


  • Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Video Producer: Kara Frame
  • Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
  • Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Maia Stern, Gabrielle Pierre
  • Executive Producer: Keith Jenkins
  • Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann

For an added bonus, check out this behind the scenes look from the Versuz: The Isley Brothers vs Earth Wind & Fire battle.

Originally posted on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series

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