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Bill Isles

1941 - 2019 (Age 78)

Obituary

Bill Isles was one of the original members of soul music hit-makers The O’Jays. He formed a singing group called the Mascots with friends in his hometown of Canton, Ohio, in 1958. They changed their name to the Triumphs and released their first single in 1961. In 1963, they changed their name to The O’Jays and released a successful single in 1965 titled “Lipstick Traces.” Shortly after, Isles left the group and would get married. The O’Jays went on to greater fame in the 1970s with the hit songs “Back Stabbers” and “Love Train.”

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To have a thought and inspiration to start what would become one of the most talented and famous groups still today is an accomplishment. To the family you have my sincere condolences.

One of those talents that can't be duplicated. Having been the core of the existence of the greatest "The O'Jays", you will be missed! I pray the family continue to draw comfort and support from those who really cared about your loved one Bill Isles. Never will you be without peace from God who cares and promises to give you strength during this time of sadness.

Thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. So very sorry for your loss.

Sorry for your loss,
Your family will be in my prayers,

To the family continue to cherish his memories. know that his music will live on.

I didnt have the pleasure of knowing Mr. Isles but definitely know the music that is timeless and will always be played. I was brought up listening to the OJays and now my children are learning to enjoy it as well. Thank you for your great contributions to the world of soul and R&B. May our Heavenly Father, the "God of all Comfort" continue to help your friends and family at this most difficult time.

Your Legacy lives on, Mr Isles. Your were apart of the creation of one of the greatest musical movement in this Century. Its funny that i learn of your death while listening to "Stairway to Heaven" and reading up online about one of my favourite group. Rest In Peace, Brother Isles.

We are thankful for memories and recordings otherwise we would be without a way to remember and we would surely forget persons we love and care about. We won't forget the enjoyable music and songs that filled the airways and our hearts. Remember family and friends are never alone during time of loss when God is our refuge and strength. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Sorrow at the passing of a special voice who contributed to our classic catalog of R & B music. May the peace of God surround and comfort the family as well as soothe the hearts of all those who loved Mr. Isles (Philippians 4:7).