In Memoriam|

Art Neville performing with The Funky Meters at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival May 6, 2012. (Photo by robbiesaurus)

Arthur Lanon Neville (December 17, 1937 – July 22, 2019) was an American singer, songwriter and keyboardist from New Orleans.

Neville was a part of The Neville Brothers. He was a founding member of The Meters, whose musical style represents New Orleans funk. He also played with the spinoff group The Funky Meters.

Neville played on recordings by many notable artists from New Orleans and elsewhere, including Labelle (on “Lady Marmalade”), Paul McCartney, Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer, Dr. John and Professor Longhair.

Neville was married to wife Lorraine and had three children, Arthel, Ian, and Amelia. Arthel Neville, born from first wife Doris 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 performed with The Funky Meters, Slightly Stoopid, and Dr. Klaw.

Neville died at age 81 on July 22, 2019, after years of declining health.

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Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths…

Barbara Hardt on Facebook: Just can’t stop thinking about the loss of our friend Maus Nomdeguerre. Listening to a tune that reminds me of him and remembering his time teaching Hayden how to play soprano sax. RIP, gentle giant. You will be greatly missed.

July 2019
22: Daniel Rae Costello, 58, Fijian-born Samoan guitarist, cancer; Art Neville, 81, American singer-songwriter and keyboardist (The Meters, The Neville Brothers).

21: Francisco Grau, 72, Spanish military officer and composer, Director of the Musical Unit of the Royal Guard (1988–2008); Ben Johnston, 93, American microtonal composer.

19: Yao Lee, 96, Chinese singer (“Rose, Rose, I Love You”).

18: Bob Frank, 75, American singer-songwriter; Ruud Jacobs, 81, Dutch jazz musician and music producer.


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