AceShowbiz - The O'Jays co-founder Bill Isles has died, aged 78.
The singer, born William Carvan Isles II, lost his battle with cancer at his home in Southern California last month, and was remembered by loved ones at a funeral service on Saturday, April 06.
He was an original member of the iconic R&B group, which was initially formed in Canton, Ohio as the Mascots in 1958, before going by The Triumphs, and eventually settling on The O'Jays in the early 1960s.
Isles featured on songs such as "Lipstick Traces" and "Lonely Drifter", before bowing out of the group in 1965, but he later reunited with his childhood pals and became their tour manager between 1971 and 1974, during which the band scored huge hits with "Love Train" and "Back Stabbers", reports The Associated Press.
They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.