It's a sad, sad day here at MTV News. Even as we all recover from last night's Movie Awards, we're forced to confront the cold, harsh reality of another talented artist leaving us too soon. Marvin Isley, The Isley Brothers' bass player, died yesterday in Chicago at the age of 56.
The Isley Brothers were one of the premiere pop funk-soul groups of the '70s, responsible for a range of hits that include "It's Your Thing," "That Lady," "Between the Sheets" (which Notorious B.I.G. famously sampled for Big Poppa) and, of course, "Shout," among many others. They've released more than 30 albums since "Shout!" debuted in 1959. What's more, many of those songs have gone on to put in memorable movie appearances. I've embedded my very favorite, a true classic, after the jump. R.I.P., Marvin... you will be missed.
To be fair, this rendition of "Shout" comes from Otis Day & the Knights, a fictional band created for "Animal House" that eventually went on to play real shows. But of the many Isley Brothers musical appearances in film, this scene from the John Landis-directed classic is undoubtedly the most memorable. Honorable mentions go to "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," which put "That Lady" to good use, and "Muppets From Space," which did the same with "It's Your Thing."
Enjoy this clip from "Animal House" and take a moment to appreciate the lasting, if not immediately obvious, impact that Marvin and his family have had on film.