The Isley Brothers – That Lady (1973)

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The Isley Brothers were inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame back in 1992. They’ve been in the biz for over 60 years and still goin’ strong.

For this, we go back to 1973 with their timeless “That Lady”.

It was originally performed by the group nearly a decade before in 1964 (released as “Who’s That Lady?”) inspired by The Impressions.  In an interview, Ernie Isley said that this song was originally done as a Cha-Cha/Bossa Nova in 1964 titled “Who’s That Lady.” Ernie wasn’t too hip on re-recording it because in his mind, it was done already but, Ronald Isley convinced him it would be worthwhile with the changes he had in mind including the guitar work of Ernie who became influenced by Jimi Hendrix’s style when he actually played with the band in 1964.

They performed the song on Soul Train on September 22, 1973 which is the video you see above.

The group entered the studio to remake “Who’s That Lady?” after being inspired by rock acts such as Carlos Santana (Santana actually covered it on his 1990 album Spirits Dancing in the Flesh) bringing a Latin percussive rock feel to it, including congas and an organ solo by assorted other musicians.

The two youngest Isley brothers and in-law Jasper re-wrote the instrumental while the older brothers revamped their harmonies, with Ronald’s vocal smoother than the original version. Brother Ernie Isley’s Jimi Hendrix/Santana-inspired guitar solo was one of the elements that defined the 3 + 3 era of the Isleys, and the song became their first Top 10 pop single since 1969’s “It’s Your Thing” peaked at #2 on the pop singles chart, reaching #6 on the pop chart and #2 on the US R&B Singles chart. It was also a cross-Atlantic hit for the group, reaching #14 in the UK. which would

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