Cincinnati Native Music Legends Ronald and Ernie Isley of The Isley Brothers to Speak at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

In honor of the 60th anniversary of their iconic song “Shout,” the pair will be participating in a free event Friday at the Rock Hall, where various Isley Brothers artifacts are currently on display

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Ron and Ernie Isley

In honor of the 60th anniversary of the iconic song, “Shout,” 1992 Inductees Ronald and Ernie Isley of the Isley Brothers will be at Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday to participate in an interview. If you're in the area, the free event begins at noon.

To mark the occasion, the Rock Hall will play highlights from the Isley Brothers' 1992 Rock Hall induction, including their performance of "Shout" and Ernie Isley's tribute to Jimi Hendrix. They’ll also play clips from Ron Isley’s performance at the Hall of Fame's Music Masters event that honored Aretha Franklin.

The Isleys first came together as a musical entity in 1954. Brothers Ronald, O’Kelly, Rudolph and Vernon Isley were raised in Lincoln Heights and Blue Ash. After regrouping following Vernon's death (he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle), the Isleys moved to New York City in 1957; two years later, "Shout" kicked-off several decades' worth of hits — from "Twist and Shout" to "That Lady."

Throughout the day Friday, the Rock Hall will play Isley Brothers songs, and fans can compete in an interactive Isley Brothers pop-up Q&A, learn more about the group through Stories of Rock and check out the group’s signature panel in the Hall of Fame Gallery.

Band artifacts, including a drum case, the Moog Liberation synthesizer played by Chris Jasper, and a 7-inch single of "That Lady" from the personal collection of the Notorious B.I.G., a class of 2020 nominee, are currently on display.

The Isley Brothers will perform alongside fellow Inductees, the O’Jays, on Saturday at Cleveland's State Theatre.

This article originally appeared at clevescene.com.

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