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Art Neville (The Meters, The Neville Brothers), rest in peace

Art with The Neville Brothers
Art (left) with The Neville Brothers

Art Neville, the New Orleans music legend who founded both The Neville Brothers and The Meters, has died at age 81. He had been in declining health for some time. “It was peaceful,” Kent Sorrell, Neville’s longtime manager, 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.”

Born in 1937, Art Neville was recording music by the early-’50s and rechristened his group Art Neville & the Neville Sounds as The Meters in 1968, after years of the group backing the likes of Allen Toussaint and Dr. John (who died in June). When that group began to splinter in the ’70s, he formed The Neville Brothers with his siblings Charles, Aaron and Cyril, and they stayed together until 2012 when they officially disbanded (though there was a farewell show in 2015). Charles Neville died in 2018.

Rest in peace, Art, your musical legacy lives on. Listen to some of his music with The Meters and The Neville Brothers, and read a few tributes, below.

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