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All These Things
by Art Neville
FAST-TRACK: Art Neville (1937 to 2019) was an American singer, songwriter and musician, with 'The Meters'. Arthur Lanon Neville was born on December 17th 1937 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He started out on piano performing with his brothers at an early age. Influenced by the 'R&B' styles of James Booker, Bill Doggett, Booker T Jones, Lloyd Glenn and Professor Longhair, in high school he joined (and later led) the 'R&B' combo 'The Hawketts'. In 1954, the band recorded "Mardi Gras Mambo", with Neville on vocals, and the song gained such popularity it became a New Orleans carnival anthem. The band then toured with Larry Williams, but after splitting Neville went back to New Orleans to perform solo, then joined the U.S. Navy in 1958, finally returning to music in 1962. He released several singles as a solo lead artist in the late 1950s (including today's selection), then formed the 'Neville Sounds' in the early 1960s. The band initially included brothers Aaron and Cyril, plus George Porter, Leo Nocentelli and Ziggy Modeliste. However, Aaron and Cyril soon left the group to form their own band, but the remaining four members continued playing by backing up other notable musicians such as Lee Dorsey, Betty Harris and 'The Pointer Sisters'. He was then a founding member of 'The Meters', whose musical style represented the apex of New Orleans 'funk' (he also played with the "spinoff" group 'The Funky Meters'). In 1978, Neville and his brothers Cyril, Aaron and Charles formed 'The Neville Brothers', and they stayed together no matter what else they were musically involved in from time to time. He also played on a number of studio recordings made by notable artists from New Orleans and elsewhere - these included with 'Labelle' (on "Lady Marmalade"), Paul McCartney, Robert Palmer, Dr John and (one of his heroes) Professor Longhair. Just before Christmas 2018 however, he announced his retirement after more than six decades in the music business. Art Neville died at his home in New Orleans on July 22nd 2019, aged 81. He had been in declining health for a number of years, and leaves his wife Lorraine plus their two daughters and one son.
Posted: 23rd July 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace ✚", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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