Thu Aug 5, 6:14 PM
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Soul veteran Ronald Isley, the lead singer with the Isley Brothers, has suffered a minor stroke, but hopes to resume performing as soon as possible, a spokeswoman for his record label said on Thursday.
Isley, 63, felt unwell while walking along a street in London last Friday, checked into a local hospital for a few days, and has since returned to his home in St. Louis, Mo., said the spokeswoman at Def Soul Classics.
She said his speech did not appear to be affected, and he had assured the label that he would be fine and wanted to get back on the road quickly.
Ronald Isley founded the Isley Brothers with older siblings Rudolph and O'Kelly in the 1950s, and the group made it big in the ensuing decades with such soul classics as "Twist and Shout" and "This Old Heart of Mine."
The band's most recent album, "Body Kiss," topped the U.S. pop charts last year, and Ronald Isley subsequently collaborated with composer Burt Bacharach (news) on an album featuring reworked versions of Bacharach-David nuggets like "Alfie" and "Close to You."
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