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Ron Isley Gets 3 Years for Tax Evasion
http://www.comcast.net ^ | 9 5 06 | Associated Press

Posted on 09/05/2006 11:21:33 AM PDT by freepatriot32

LOS ANGELES - Ronald Isley has been sentenced to three years and one month in prison for tax evasion.

The 65-year-old R&B singer was also ordered to pay $3.1 million in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Conte.

Isley was convicted last year of five counts of tax evasion and one count of willful failure to file a tax return.

During Friday's hearing, defense attorney Anthony Alexander argued that Isley should receive probation instead of prison time because of complications from a stroke and a recent bout with kidney cancer.

Alexander also pleaded for leniency because Isley had been attempting to pay down his IRS debt.

"He's been liquidating assets, he's been doing the things that he can," Alexander said.

But U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson declined to sentence Isley to less time than called for under federal guidelines.

"The term serial tax avoider has been used. I think that's appropriate," Pregerson said.

During the trial, prosecutors said Isley, lead singer of The Isley Brothers, avoided paying taxes numerous times in the past three decades and declared bankruptcy after the IRS seized his yacht, cars and other property in 1997.

He was discharged from bankruptcy four years later, but then did not file tax returns for the years 1997 to 2001 and in 2002 did not sign his return and failed to pay all taxes due.

Alexander argued during the trial that "unfortunate circumstances" such as the deaths of two of Isley's accountants made him unable to get records together and pay taxes during the years that led to the criminal charges.

Isley's recent albums include a 2003 collaboration with Burt Bacharach titled, "Here I Am," and The Isley Brothers album "Body Kiss."

He was expected to be sent to a Bureau of Prisons hospital facility.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: 3; evasion; for; gets; govwatch; hollywoodpinglist; libertarians; losangeles; music; ronisley; tax; taxevasion; years
Ron Isley holds up The Michael Jackson Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video for "Contagious," he won with his brother Ernie at the 16th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 20, 2002. (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson)
1 posted on 09/05/2006 11:21:40 AM PDT by freepatriot32
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To: freepatriot32

It's your thang..........


2 posted on 09/05/2006 11:23:26 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: freepatriot32

Jimi Hendrix once played with the Isley Bros.


3 posted on 09/05/2006 11:27:56 AM PDT by lormand (Nuke the Islamic States, or kiss your @55 goodbye)
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To: lormand

Lose the tagline.


4 posted on 09/05/2006 11:33:39 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: lormand

Ha ha, Little Richard too.


5 posted on 09/05/2006 11:33:41 AM PDT by Disturbin (Welcome to society -- morons with keys)
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To: Admin Moderator

done


6 posted on 09/05/2006 11:34:35 AM PDT by lormand
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To: freepatriot32
I Fought the Power, and the Power won....
7 posted on 09/05/2006 11:39:18 AM PDT by PCBMan (Wernstrom!!!!)
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To: Red Badger

Do whachu wanna do...


8 posted on 09/05/2006 11:41:05 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Apparently not for him, tho........


9 posted on 09/05/2006 11:43:33 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: Abram; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Allosaurs_r_us; Americanwolf; Americanwolfsbrother; Annie03; ...
Libertarian ping.To be added or removed from my ping list freepmail me or post a message here
10 posted on 09/05/2006 11:43:46 AM PDT by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: freepatriot32

Fight the Power!


11 posted on 09/05/2006 11:45:04 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: freepatriot32
Ronald Isley has been sentenced to three years and one month in prison for tax evasion.

Minorities hardest hit.....

12 posted on 09/05/2006 11:46:28 AM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: Red Badger

yeah and he has some "work to do"


13 posted on 09/05/2006 11:58:21 AM PDT by bobby.223
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To: freepatriot32
Isley was convicted last year of five counts of tax evasion and one count of willful failure to file a tax return.

he should file a appeal for being single out. After all Sharpton and Jackson have been getting away with tax evasion for years

Doogle

14 posted on 09/05/2006 12:12:20 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF 69-73...."never store a threat you should have eliminated")
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To: lormand

He got fined $50 for missing a step in the routine.


15 posted on 09/05/2006 12:18:24 PM PDT by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: bobby.223

Busted Lyrics
by Isley Brothers

[Ron Isley]
....Yeah...Bring your ass over here.
..I got something for you...

[Verse 1 - Ron Isley + (JS)]
Busted
Its 2 o' damn clock in the morning Where you been?
(Baby didn't you get my 2-way
I was with my girlfriend)
You a lie
I called Kiesha and Tanya and they were both at home
(But I didn't say them though)
Well they the only things I know
Girl you better
(Wait before you get all upset here's the truth)
Talk to me
(I was with my girl when she had some bad mews)
Yeah
(Her man cheated
had her upset and confused)
But baby what's that got to do
with you coming in at 2
(I'm telling you
now she was so upset she asked me to stay with her)
Well why didn't your ass just pick up the phone and call me
(I was gonna do that but it slipped my mind I'm sorry)
(But I'm telling you the truth)
Yeah, well I got something for you
Tell me what's her name?
(Sharen)
Where she live?
(Uuummm...)
Her man's name?
(Billy)
She got kids?
(I think 1 or 2)
She got kids?
(Baby yes, no)
Here's 1 thing I got to know
How the hell is she your friend if you don't know if she got kids

[Chorus 1 - Ron Isley + (R. Kelly)]
Go upstairs (Busted)
Pack your bags (Cause you busted)
While you at it (Busted)
Call a cab (Cause you busted)
It's obvious (Busted)
You played around (Cause you busted)
Go upstairs and get your shit
and get the f--- up out of here now

[Verse 2 - Ron Isley + (JS)]
(Frank please here me out)
Ain't nothing to talk about
(I can explain everything)
Right now I want you out this house
(Baby please one more chance
let me tell you where I've been)
Well quit wasting my time
and say what's on your mind
(Fine
Me and some girlfriends we went dancing me Shaniqua, Shaquan, and Robin)
Well if ya'll were going shopping
why didn't you just check in
(I was but then I thought
my cellular was off)
Now earlier (hmmm) you said dancing (uhhh)
But when I just asked (hmmm) you said shopping (uhhh)
Tell me which one you were doing
(Oh baby I must be confused)
Yeah right you real confused
Tell me where you been?
(Dancing)
Dancing where?
(Uuummm...)
The name of the club?
(Kisses)
What time it is?
(I think one or two)
What time it is?
(Three, four)
Here's one thing I got to know
At first you say dancing
But now you say shopping

[Chorus 1]

[Verse 3 - Ron Isley + (JS)]
(Baby I'm a victim of circumstances) oohhhhh...
(Why you don't believe I don't understand it)
Trying to slick a can of oil who you think you fooling
Now get on out my face (Baby)
Before I catch another case (Baby)

[Chorus 2 - Ron Isley + (JS) + {R. Kelly}]
Go upstairs {Busted}
Pack your bags (I don't wanna)
{Cause you busted}
While you at it {Busted}
Call a cab (A cab for what)
{Cause you busted}
Its obvious {Busted}
You played around (No I'm not)
{Cause you busted}
Go upstairs and get your shit (No)
and get the f--- up out of here now

[Hook - Ron Isley + (JS)]
(Noooooo. Innocent, innocent, innocent, innocent)
Noooo. You guilty, guilty, guilty, guilty
(Ohhhh now wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute)
Go upstairs and get your shit
and get the f--- up out of here now

[JS] - Tell me, where am I suppose to go from here

[Ron] - Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn


16 posted on 09/05/2006 12:20:04 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: freepatriot32

Sad. I have always been and still am a big Isley Brothers fan. I guess he just took "Fight The Power" a bit too far.


17 posted on 09/05/2006 12:32:18 PM PDT by ImpBill ("America ... Where are you now?")
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To: freepatriot32

What do you think Hillary will get for tax evasion ??


18 posted on 09/05/2006 12:40:45 PM PDT by lionheart 247365 (( I.S.L.A.M. stands for - Islams Spiritual Leaders Advocate Murder .. .. .. ))
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To: bobby.223

Well,when he's in jail he is going to have to worry about those Footsteps in the Dark from those unsavory dudes that want to try something shady Between the Sheets!


19 posted on 09/05/2006 12:45:33 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: freepatriot32

Looks like L.T.


20 posted on 09/05/2006 12:47:12 PM PDT by JZelle
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To: stevierae54

This Old Heart of Mine is from the Motown album that was severely critisized for not showing the group on the album cover but instead showing a young white couple at the beach.
Gordy later said he thought that showing the Isley Brothers on the cover might inhibit crossover sales.
Kind of sad thinking,really.


22 posted on 09/05/2006 1:19:56 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: Riverman94610

Lots of record companies used to do stuff like that, if I recall, Riverman. I remember buying albums by Bobby Hebb and The Marvellettes that did the same thing. In fact, ironically enough, it seems to me that Arthur Conley's "Sweet Soul Music" album managed to avoid having a picture of him. Jeez, imagine our surprise upon finding out that he did not look like Johnny Tillotson!


23 posted on 09/05/2006 2:14:18 PM PDT by speedy
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To: speedy

Hey,I remember that Marvelettes,Please Mr. Postman album.It had this picture of a mailbox with a spider web on it.No picture of the group anywhere.
Bobby Hebb!Now THATS a good singer who never got his props.His follow up to Sunny,Love Me,sounded exactly like the hit but his next single,Satisfied Mind,is one of my all time favorites lyrically.
Never went anywhere on the charts,tho!


24 posted on 09/06/2006 12:34:12 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: Riverman94610

Riverman -- you've got it with The Marvellettes album with the cartoon cover. I also recall a Shirelles album where there were just drawn silhouettes of four women sitting on swings. Pretty lame.

I agree Bobby Hebb never went as far as he should have. Glad to run into another person who appreciates "Satisfied Mind." He had one called "Bread" that I liked at the time -- I think it was the flipside of "Sunny." I never saw anyone bring a house down more than Hebb did during a performance of "Sunny" on "The Tonight Show." He did an incredibly dramatic crescendo upon crescendo and practically tore the place apart. I had no idea he had it in him.

Garnett Mimms should have been a superstar too!


25 posted on 09/06/2006 2:27:07 PM PDT by speedy
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To: speedy

Garnett Mims.Cry,Baby,right?1963?
I may have asked you this before but do you recall a version of Que Sera Sera that came out in the Summer of 1963?It was by black R and B group,something like the Five Keyes or five something?Man,it was dynamic.
You are the oldies Man of the Hour,speedy, and it is great to waddle in obscure but brilliant tunes with you.


26 posted on 09/06/2006 3:23:15 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: Riverman94610
Garnett Mims.Cry,Baby,right?1963?

Absolutely. A great year for music -- "Hey Girl" by Freddy Scott and "Monkey Time" by Major Lance and "That's How Heartaches Are Made" by Baby Washington and "I Know, I Know" by former Spaniels lead Pooky Hudson.

Not to mention all those Spector songs ("Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Be My Baby" etc.) and even "Denise" by Randy and the Rainbows. Oh yeah, and two of my favorite cha-cha songs, "Easier Said Than Done" and "A Walking Miracle" by The Essex. Three, if you count "Theme From Mondo Cane (More)" by Kai Winding and his Orchestra. "Memphis" by Lonnie Mack. "If You Wanna Be Happy" and "One Fine Day" and "Since I Fell For You." A great interlude between Elvis and The Beatles.

Yes, I do recall the "Que Sera Sera" version you are talking about -- may very well have been The Five Keys. Maybe The Five Royales? Nah. You could beat me any day of the week on obscure oldies, Riverman. But we do share some in common. Wasn't "Groovy Baby" by Billy Abbott on your list?

27 posted on 09/06/2006 5:23:12 PM PDT by speedy
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To: speedy

Yes,I have the 45 of Groovy Baby by Billy Abbott and I must agre that 1963 was a dynamite year for pop music.
Some of my favorites from that year you didn't mention-Hello Stranger by Barbara Lewis,Daughter by the Blendells,Mama Didn't Lie by Jan Bradley,Donna The Prima Donna by Dion,The Bounce by the Olympics,Hot Pastrami by the Dartells and Drag City by Jan and Dean.
The Essex were real smooth.Were'nt they USAF personnel stationed in England at the time?Maybe they could say they were on the first wave of the British Invasion.
OH,and 1963.Lets not forget Sally Go Round the Roses.
Now just WHAT was that song about?


28 posted on 09/07/2006 11:51:52 AM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: Riverman94610
We are of like mind, Riverman. A penalty on me for not putting the likes of "Hello Stranger" and "The Bounce" right at the top of the list for that year. Yes, the Essex were indeed USAF personnel from Central PA. Not sure where they were stationed. Another USAF group, of course, was the Del-Vikings. The Essex actually had a third release that year that barely charted -- "She's Got Everything" -- a nice song, but another cha cha, and I think they had milked that cow about as far as it was going to go.

So many other great tunes from that year -- "This Is My Prayer" by Theola Kilgore; "Just One Look" by Doris Troy; "I'll Take You Home" by The Drifters; "Talk To Me" by Sonny and the Sunglows; "You Can't Sit Down" by The Dovells.

There were the early strains of Motown -- "Pride And Joy" and "Come And Get These Memories" and "Fingertips" and "Mickey's Monkey." Some of the prominent male soloists had hits like "Blue Bayou" by Roy Orbison and "True Love Never Runs Smooth" by Gene Pitney and "Two Faces Have I" by Lou Christie and the pre-bubble gum Tommy Roe with a strong blue eyed soul effort in "Everbody."

The same station that might play Theola Kilgore or Maxine Brown would also play country crossovers like "Detroit City" by Bobby Bare or "Six Days On The Road" by Dave Dudley or "Ring Of Fire" by Johnny Cash or "I Can't Stay Mad At You" by Skeeter Davis.

A few guilty pleasures for me from that year included Barry and the Tamerlanes "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" and the melodramatic "Hello Heartache, Goodbye Love" from Little Peggy March. Remember "He's Mine" by Alice Wonderland? Or the Big Dee Erwin rendition of "Swingin' On A Star"?

The market had not yet fragmented and hardened into inviolable genres. And in that year, before we had the British Invasion, we had already been invaded by Japan ("Sukiyaki"), Belgium ("Dominique"), Australia ("Tie Me Kangaroo Down") and Brazil ("Maria Elena"), plus wherever it was Ray Baretto was from ("El Watusi.") Wonderful stuff.

One last note from that year, a song that always reminds me of the JFK assassination because I remember hearing it on the only station that I could get that was still playing its regular programming during those three or four days -- the treacly "Wonderful Summer" by Robin Ward. She is better known as the vocalist on those Rice-A-Roni commercials!

29 posted on 09/07/2006 2:23:33 PM PDT by speedy
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To: Riverman94610


Que Sera Sera
The High Keyes
ATCO Records

= Great song; hard to find on CD

Another great song from around then that is also very hard to find on CD:

Shake Shake Sherry
The Edsels
Capitol Records

I am looking for the name and group who did a real slow, funky instrumental in the early 60's with Spanish language "call outs" during the tune. I think it charted, but cannot find the name.


30 posted on 10/16/2006 6:33:17 PM PDT by raldon
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To: raldon

The HIGH Keyes!Thank you,raldon.
I remember Shake Sherry shake by the Edsels.I never get tired of Rama Lama Ding Dong either!


31 posted on 10/16/2006 6:49:13 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: raldon

Could the Spanish language song be done by Thee Midnighters of Whittier Boulevard fame?
Just a wild guess.


32 posted on 10/16/2006 6:50:54 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: Riverman94610

Riverman: Shake Sherry (Shake) was by the Contours - it also is a great song that came out about the same time as Shake Shake Sherry and was more popular. The Edsels only big hit was Rama Lama Ding Dong, which I agree is a rock classic. Raldon


33 posted on 10/17/2006 4:49:26 PM PDT by raldon
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To: Riverman94610

Riverman: Thanks for the tip - I will check it out and let you know. Raldon


34 posted on 10/17/2006 4:50:48 PM PDT by raldon
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To: Riverman94610

And Bubba said "shake it up baby, twist and shout, work it on out now twist and shout".


35 posted on 10/17/2006 4:59:25 PM PDT by csmusaret (Urban Sprawl is an oxymoron)
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To: raldon

And was not Dennis Edwards,later with the Temptations,once a member of the Contours?


36 posted on 10/18/2006 1:13:04 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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