(April 7, 2019) The Los Angeles Times has reported that William Carvan Isles II, an original member of the O’Jays, has died at his San Diego home. He was 78.
Bill Isles was born in North Carolina but moved to Canton, Ohio as a child. As a teenager, Isles co-founded a vocal group called the Triumphs with friends Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, William Powell and Bobby Massey. The group attained some local notoriety, but when legendary local deejay Eddie O’Jay offered to help the act in exchange for naming the act after him, the members quickly obliged.
A series of moderate hits followed, including national charters “Lonely Drifter” “Lipstick Traces.” Isles quit in 1965, but continued to help on tours for The O’Jays for nearly a decade, when the group consisted of Levert, Williams and Powell. Isles moved to California, where he opened a successful food supplement business, retiring earlier in this century. He remained active singing Gospel locally.
Of course, the O’Jays went on to become one of the most important vocal groups of the past half century, teaming with legendary producers Gamble and Huff, and helping to define the Philadelphia sound. The O’Jays are now readying a new studio album, The Last Word, even as they prepare to stop touring.
While Bill Isles isn’t well known to music fans, he played a key role in the inception of one of the all-time great soul music groups, and he will retain an important part in music history. May he rest in peace.
Al Green has announced his first tour in seven years. The five-date trek kicks off in April in Austin and wraps up in May in Atlanta.
Check out the dates below.
Green released a cover of Freddy Fender’s “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” in September. It was his first new recording in 10 years. His last studio album was 2008’s Lay It Down.
04-24 Austin, TX - Bass Concert Hall
04-26 Irving, TX - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
04-28 New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
04-30 Houston, TX - Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
05-03 Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
Forrest Gump captured our hearts in the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Forrest Gump, and in the blockbuster film, winner of six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor. Now he returns in the long-awaited sequel to the book hailed by Larry King as "the funniest novel I have ever read." A little older, and wiser in his unique way, Forrest is still running -- this time straight into the age of greed and instant gratification known as the 1980s.
Whenever I really get stumped, I go visit Jenny's grave. She tells me she's always rooting for me. The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. has gone bust and now Forrest is flat broke, sweeping floors in a New Orleans strip joint, when a fresh opportunity to play championship football puts him back in the limelight -- and in the money. But fate turns fickle again, and he's soon out on the road selling phony encyclopedias and trying to raise his son, little Forrest, who needs his father more than ever. Forrest's remarkable, touching, and utterly comic odyssey has just begun: in store for him is an explosive attempt at hog farming; his own dubious recipe for adding life to New Coke; an encounter with Oliver North of the Iran-Contra affair; and a chance yet again to unwittingly twist the nose of history.
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