This Legendary Musician Defined The "New Orleans Sound"

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August 9, 2019

Sadly, we just lost a musical legend - Art Neville passed away at 81, after decades of blessing us with his classic tunes. But his legacy is secure. 

As a teen, Neville recorded “Mardi Gras Mambo” with the Hawketts, and the song blew up, becoming a Carnival classic. It’s still played at Carnival 60 years later! 

After playing with a few different bands and recording more New Orleans classics, he formed the Meters, which included brothers Aaron and Cyril. 

In the 1970s, they went on tour with the Rolling Stones, and former Beatle Paul McCartney was such a fan he had them perform at one of his album releases!

The brothers re-formed as the Neville Brothers a few years later, and released Yellow Moon, a Gold-certified album that sold over half a million copies in 1989.

Though they never reached that level of sales success again, they were New Orleans staples for decades and even won Grammy awards in 1989 and 1996!

We salute this musical legend and wish all of his family the best as they mourn his passing. Check out one of Art Neville’s many classic albums to pay your respects!

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