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THE ISLEY BROTHERS
Live Dates
Listed here WILL BE all documented live appearances of the Isley Brothers - I've just started to build this page so just two gigs are currently included, many more will be added later.

Friday 19 June 1964
Rockland Palace, New York City, New York
The Isley Brothers were one of the artists booked for a "farewell" show for WWRL DJ Magnificent Montague at Rockland Palace in New York City Friday 19 June 1964. I have been unable to find any ads for the evening so what the event was billed as is unknown, as is the full artist line-up.

Cash Box reported in the 13 June 1964 -issue:
"NEW YORK - The Magnificent Montague, popular WWRL-New York platter spinner, informed Cash Box last week that he is exiting the 24-hour-a-day outlet. Deejay, who has been with the r&b station for the past two years, will assume similar duties on WVON-Chicago on June 22. Montague said he is leaving the Sonderling station on his own account and has warmest possible feelings for WWRL`s management.

On June 19 the jockey will hold a farewell stage show at the Rockland Place here."

See The Isley Brothers And Magnificent Montague for more facts and speculation about the relationship between the DJ and the band.

Based on the available photographs the show included an unidentified artist, possibly Otis Redding1, the Isley Brothers (with Jimi Hendrix on guitar), Ben E. King and Wilson Pickett with Magnificient Montague acting as the MC.

Montague can be (partially) seen in one of the pictures behind Wilson Pickett, with his hand on Pickett`s shoulder (click on the pictures for a larger version).



Here are all of the available Isley Brothers shots from the show (scroll left & right):



Ben E. King:



Unknown artist (possibly Otis Redding): 1


Friday 26 June 1964 - Thursday 2 July 1964
Apollo Theatre, New York City, New York
Complete line-up:
WWRL Rocky G - Enoch Gregory - King Coleman - Bruce Brown present: the Isley Brothers, Dionne Warwick, the "5" Royales, the Exciters, the Charades and the Carltons
Shows at 12:30 - 3:30 - 6:30 - 9:30 (+ Saturday midnight show)

25 Jun 1964, Thu Daily News (New York, New York) Newspapers.com
Getty has two shots of the Isley Brothers from this date mislabeled as pictures of the Coasters at the Apollo.2 Jimi tried his best to stay out of the frame but there he is, just visible in the lower left corner in the first shot where he can be seen busy fixing something in the back of the guitar amp. He may have had technical problems as in the second shot of the Isleys the amp can be seen on stage but there's no trace of Jimi (unless he's lurking in the darkness stage right).

Here are the Isley Brothers photos from the Getty website (scroll left & right and click on the pictures for a larger version):

The line-up also included Dionne Warwick and Getty has one shot of her. The stage is very dark and the shot closely cropped, no other musicians can be seen. But there are Apollo note stands visible which aren't there in the Isleys pictures so she probably had her own backing band with her (meaning that Jimi probably only backed the Isleys on these dates)

All three pictures are credited to Don Paulsen.

No pictures of the rest of the artists on the bill, the "5" Royales, the Exciters, the Charades and the Carltons can be found on the Getty website, at least not yet.




SOURCES
1 the unidentified artist might be Otis Redding but that`s just a guess. As the singer has his hand in front of his face it`s impossible to see his facial features properly. But he looks like a big man, wears clothes similar to what Otis wore, and has a ring in the same finger as Otis. The best known images of Otis Redding have him sporting natural hair trimmed short but circa 1964 he had a "conk" haircut. Otis also often gigged with a large horn section. I believe that I may have ID`d one of the sax players from another Otis gig shot but I`m not 100% sure. So this all remains guesswork - if anyone can ID the singer or can point to something that definitively rules Otis out please let me know.

2 The Isley Brothers had a one week booking at Apollo Theatre between Friday 26 June 1964 - Thursday 2 July 1964. This was preceded by a one week booking for:

Friday 19 June 1964 - Thursday 25 June 1964
the Coasters, Gladys Knight & the Pips, the Reflections, Ruth McFadden, Tommy Hunt, King Curtis and King Coleman

So Getty has photographs from a two week period.

In the Getty database the Warwick shot has the "Object name":
huty2563621

And the two Isley shots are:
huty2563624
huty2563625

Here's the whole sequence of shots on the Getty website that includes the Isley & Warwick pictures:

huty2563618 Kris Kristofferson 1970
huty2563619 Kris Kristofferson 1970
huty2563620 the Coasters at the Apollo 1964
huty2563621 Dionne Warwick at the Apollo 1964
huty2563622 doesn't exist
huty2563623 the Coasters at the Apollo 1964
huty2563624 the Isley Brothers at the Apollo 1964 (captioned as the Coasters)
huty2563625 the Isley Brothers at the Apollo 1964 (captioned as the Coasters)
huty2563626 the Reflections at the Apollo 1964
huty2563627 King Curtis at the Apollo 1964
huty2563628 Gladys Knight & the Pips at the Apollo 1964
huty2563629 Gladys Knight & the Pips at the Apollo 1964
huty2563630 King Curtis at the Apollo 1964
huty2563631 Delmonico's Hotel 1965, fans waiting for the Beatles

One more piece of evidence, Getty has pictures of James Brown at the Apollo in 1964: https://www.gettyimages.fi/detail/uutiskuva/soul-singer-james-brown-performs-onstage-with-johnny-terry-uutiskuva/73998093
You'll notice that the drum riser has identical decoration to the one seen in the Isley Brothers pictures confirming that the Apollo location is correct for those.

So it seems that the only mistake that Getty made was identifying the band as the Coasters instead of the Isley Brothers, the year and the location seem to be correct in all of these pictures.