|Genres:||Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||funk soul new orleans 70s groove|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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This fundamental quartet, Art Neville (Arthur Lanon Neville, 17 December 1937, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; keyboards), Leo Nocentelli (guitar), George Porter Jnr. (b. 26 December 1947, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; bass) and Joseph Zigaboo/Ziggy Modeliste (drums), came together during informal sessions held in various New Orleans nightclubs. Initially known as Art Neville And The Neville Sounds, they were spotted by producers Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn, who signed the unit to their Sansu label to work on sessions for the duos other artists, including Lee Dorsey and Betty Harris. Redubbed the Meters, the groups first singles, Sophisticated Cissy and Cissy Strut, reached the US R&B Top 10 in 1969. These tough instrumentals mixed the bare-boned approach of Booker T. And The MGs with the emergent funk of Sly Stone, a style consolidated on several further releases and the units three albums for the Josie...