As a founding member of the Meters and Neville Brothers, New Orleans vocalist and keyboardist Art Neville helped immeasurably to shape the contemporary New Orleans funk sound. Neville's first band, the Hawketts, tasted local success in 1954 with the carnival perennial "Mardi Gras Mambo" on Chess. He cut some nice solo singles for Specialty during the late '50s, notably "Cha Dooky-Doo," as well as contributing two choruses of storming piano to Jerry Byrne's 1958 classic "Lights Out." "All These Things," a gentle ballad, also did well locally in 1962 on the Instant logo. He assembled the Meters in the mid-'60s, and the instrumental quartet proved the Crescent City's answer to the MG's until their 1977 breakup. That's when Art and his siblings formed the Neville Brothers, who went on to reign as the leading musical export from New Orleans. Health problems led to Art Neville retiring from performing in 2018, and on July 22, 2019, he died at the age of 81. ~ Bill Dahl, Rovi

Art Neville - All These Things ( 1962 )
Second Line: Art Neville Memorial (2019)
Remembering 'Papa Funk' Art Neville, the eldest of New Orleans' Neville Brothers
Art Neville on Oppression and the British Invasion
Art Neville - The Neville Brothers Greatest Hits / R.I.P. Art Neville 1937 - 2019
ART NEVILLE - The Whiffenpoof Song [Specialty 592] 1957
Art Neville: Hook Line and Sinker
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