A friend asked me last week who wrote ‘Shout !’ – one of my fav song in the whole wide world - and honestly, it’s pretty sad when someone doesn’t know the Isley Bros.
Founded in 1954, the original members were brothers O'Kelly, Jr., Rudolph, Ronald and Vernon Isley, singing just gospel until Vernon's death from a car accident in 1955. After a brief split, the three older brothers reformed as a trio.The Isleys wrote this on the spur of the moment at a Washington, DC, concert in mid-1959. As they performed Jackie Wilson's "Lonely Teardrops," Ronald Isley ad-libbed, "WELLLLLLLLLLL... you know you make me want to SHOUT" and Rudy and O'Kelly joined in on the improvisation. The audience went wild and afterwards, RCA executive Howard Bloom suggested putting it out as their first RCA single. This was never a chart success, but it sold over a million copies and became a Rock and R&B classic!
Btw, The song has its own dance. When The Isleys sing the "little bit softer now" part, you go a little lower, then gradually rise up for the "little bit louder now part." For the rest of the song, you just jump around and go crazy :)
The Isley Brothers Discography – Search them, buy them all!
The Isley Brothers:
* Shout (Part I & II) *
* That Lucky Old Sun *
* Nobody But Me *