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Art Neville Biography – Art Neville Wiki
Art Neville born Arthur Lanon Neville, was an American singer, songwriter, keyboardist and founding member of the Meters and the Neville Brothers.
He started on piano and performed with his brothers at an early age. He was 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 Hawketts. In 1954 the band recorded “Mardi Gras Mambo” with Neville on vocals. The song gained popularity and became a New Orleans carnival anthem. The band toured with Larry Williams. Neville performed regularly in New Orleans, joined the U.S. Navy in 1958, and returned to music in 1962. He released several singles as a lead artist in 1950s and 1960s.
In early 1960s Neville formed the Neville Sounds. The band included Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville, George Porter, Leo Nocentelli, and Ziggy Modeliste. Shortly after, Aaron and Cyril left the group to form their own band. The band backed up many notable musicians such as Lee Dorsey, Betty Harris and The Pointer Sisters. Over time the band’s style came to represent New Orleans funk.
In the late 1960s the band changed its name to The Meters and released three instrumental albums. The band gained notoriety in the rock music community including with musicians Paul McCartney, Robert Palmer and The Rolling Stones. The group released five more albums and disbanded in late 1970s due to financial, managerial and artistic factors.
In 1978, Art Neville and his brothers Cyril, Aaron and Charles formed The Neville Brothers. The group’s debut album, titled The Neville Brothers, was released in 1978. The group released several albums throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including Fiyo on the Bayou and Yellow Moon, and an album in 2004. During this period, Neville performed several shows with the original Meters bandmates including a 1989 reunion at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Following that performance, Neville, Porter, Nocentelli and Russell Batiste formed The Funky Meters. The lineup changed in 1994 with Brian Stoltz replacing Nocentelli on guitar. Neville performed concurrently with both The Neville Brothers and The Funky Meters.
Art Neville Age
Neville was born on December 17, 1937 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. He died on July 22, 2019. He was 81 years old.
Art Neville Wife
Neville was married his first wife Doris Neville with whom he had a daughter, Arthel Neville. He married his second wife Lorraine with whom he had two children; son Ian Neville and Amelia Neville. Art first met Lorraine in her native California. They were married at Jimmy Buffett’s house in Key West, Fla.
Art Neville Children
Neville had three children, Arthel Neville, Ian Neville, and Amelia Neville. Arthel Neville is a journalist, television personality and news anchor for Fox News. Ian Neville is a guitar player and a founding member of Dumpstaphunk, a New Orleans-based funk and jam band. He occasionally performs with The Funky Meters, Slightly Stoopid, and Dr. Klaw.
Art Neville Family
Neville was the son of Amelia Landry and Arthur Neville Sr. He had three younger brothers, Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville, and Charles Neville, who died in 2018.
Art Neville Health
Neville battled a number of health issues over the years, including persistent complications from routine back surgery in 2001. More recently, he suffered at least one stroke. His back problems limited his mobility and required him to use a cane, walking stick or wheelchair.
Art Neville Death
Neville died on July 22, 2019 at the age of 81. “It was peaceful,” Neville’s longtime manager, Kent Sorrell, told NOLA.com. “He passed away at home with his adoring wife Lorraine by his side. He toured the world how many times, but he always came home to Valence Street.”
Art Neville Cause of Death
Art Neville’s cause of death was not revealed. However, he battled several health issues including complications from back surgery.