The Isley Brothers got honored in a major way with two streets named after them in New Jersey.
Truly a full-circle moment since they used to live there, but they’re originally from Cincinnati. Ron Isley resided in Teaneck, Ernie lived in Englewood and another brother, Rudolph, lived in Irvington.
The first ceremony was on Van Arsdale and Van Cortlandt Terrace in Teaneck, and the new street name is Isley Brothers Way. The second street naming happened on Liberty Road and Greenleaf Avenue in Englewood.
As reported on ABC, Ernie Isley said this is a “wow” moment. He went on to say, “This is a spectacular culmination of a lot of dreams and a lot of prayers.”
Ron Isley was filled with emotion but also ecstatic. He said to the crowd, “It’s beyond words for me to express my level of appreciation and gratitude. I love you people, and I thank you for loving me, for loving us, and for loving the Isley Brothers.”
Our very own Bob Lee and Jeff Fox attended. The streets were flooded with fans filled with joy! Take a look at the event:
Back in their prime in the 1960s, the group put Teaneck on the map after launching the T-Neck record label. The legendary group is most known for their classics like “Shout,” “Twist and Shout,” “It’s Your Thing,” “That Lady,” and “Fight The Power.” The Grammy-nominated group is also inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They also received a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy in 2014.