Art Neville, a New Orleans funk legend and co-founder of the Neville Brothers, has died, his brother said Monday. He was 81 years old. The singer and keyboard player who answered to the sobriquet “Poppa Funk” was well known as the voice of the “Mardi Gras Mambo,” which quickly became a mainstay of his home city’s famed carnival after he first played it at age 17. “Artie Poppa Funk Neville you are loved dearly by every one who knew you. Love always your lil’ big brother AARON (we ask for privacy during this time of mourning),” his brother, soul singer Aaron Neville, tweeted. His death follows that of another famed New Orleans musician, the blues pianist Dr. John, who died last month. Born Arthur Lanon Neville on December 17, 1937, the funk icon grew up admiring the work of doo-wop stars like Fats Domino. He joined the Navy in the late 1950s and 1960s but maintained his love of recording music, going on to found the Neville Sounds, which later became the Meters. The group’s fame radiated beyond The Big Easy, with the Meters going on to tour alongside the Rolling Stones and becoming an institution often counted among the… Read full this story
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