500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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The Isley Brothers, 'Shout (Parts 1 and 2)'

119. The Isley Brothers, 'Shout (Parts 1 and 2)'

Writers: Rudolph Isley, Ronald Isley, O'Kelly Isley
Producers: Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore
Released: Sept. '59, RCA
11 weeks; No. 47

The five-minute-long workout "Shout" was a modest hit upon its original release in 1959, but it's perhaps better remembered for its appearance in the 1978 movie Animal House, where the fictional Otis Day and the Knights (with a young Robert Cray on bass) played an almost note-for-note copy of the Isley Brothers' original. As O'Kelly Isley, who helped found the group in the mid-Fifties, noted, the world was just coming around to the Isley Brothers' original sound. "People have been playin' our music in bars and discotheques for years," he told Rolling Stone in 1975, "''cause it's danceable, man."

Appears on: The Isley Brothers Story, Vol. 1: Rockin' Soul (Rhino) 

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