The Neville Brothers represent the essence of 40 years of New Orleans music distilled within one family unit. The Nevilles comprise Art (Arthur Lanon Neville, 17 December 1937, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; keyboards/vocals), Charles (b. 28 December 1938, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; saxophone/flute), Aaron Neville (b. 24 January 1941, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; vocals/keyboards) and Cyril Neville (b. 10 January 1948, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; vocals). Each member is also a capable percussionist.
They have, individually and collectively, been making an impression on R&B, rock n roll, soul, funk and jazz since the early 50s. Art Neville was the leader of the Hawkettes, whose 1954 Chess Records hit Mardi Gras Mambo has become a New Orleans standard, reissued every year at Mardi Gras time. From 1957 he released solo singles on Specialty Records, and in the early 60s, both he and Aaron worked (separately) for the...
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