Open main menu

The Neville Brothers

The Neville Brothers is an American R&B/soul/funk group, formed in 1977 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Neville Brothers
OriginNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States
GenresR&B, soul, funk
Years active1977–present
LabelsCapitol, Black Top, A&M, EMI, Columbia, Back Porch
MembersArt Neville
Aaron Neville
Cyril Neville
Charles Neville



The group notion started in 1976, when the four brothers of the Neville family, Art (born 1937), Charles, (1938–2018), Aaron (b. 1941), and Cyril (b. 1948) got together to take part in the recording session of The Wild Tchoupitoulas, a Mardi Gras Indian group led by the Nevilles' uncle, George Landry ("Big Chief Jolly").

In 1987, the group released "Uptown" from EMI featuring guests including Branford Marsalis, Keith Richards, and Carlos Santana. The following year saw the release of Yellow Moon from A&M Records produced by Daniel Lanois. The track "Healing Chant" from that album won best pop instrumental performance of the Grammy Awards.[1]

In 1990, the Neville Brothers contributed "In the Still of the Night" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Blue produced by the Red Hot Organization.[citation needed]

Also in 1990, they appeared on the bill at that year's Glastonbury Festival.[2] Due to Art Neville devoting more time to his other act,The Meters, the band kept a low profile in the late 1990s onto the early 2000s. They made a comeback in 2004, however, with the album, Walkin' In The Shadow Of Life, from Back Porch Records, their first newly recorded effort in five years.[citation needed]

All brothers except Charles, a Massachusetts resident, had been living in New Orleans, but following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 Cyril and Aaron moved out of the city. They had not been performing in New Orleans since Katrina hit the city, however, they finally returned to perform there at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2008, being given the closing spot which had been reserved for them for years.[3][4]

Infrequently, Ivan Neville, Aaron's son (keyboards) and Ian Neville, Art's son (electric guitar), both of the band Dumpstaphunk, have played with the band in recent years. The group formally disbanded in 2012 but reunited in 2015 for a farewell concert in New Orleans.[5]

Charles Neville died of pancreatic cancer on April 26, 2018 at the age of 79.[6]



Year Single Peak positions Album
1978 "Washable Ink / Speed of Light" The Neville Brothers
1979 "Sweet Honey Dripper / Dance Your Blues Away" single only
1981 "Sitting In Limbo / Brother John / Iko Iko" Fiyo On The Bayou
1987 "Whatever It Takes" Uptown
1989 "Sister Rosa" 75 23 Yellow Moon
"Yellow Moon" 100 21
"With God on Our Side" 53 26 47
1990 "A Change Is Gonna Come"
"Bird on a Wire" 5 35 72 Brother's Keeper
"River of Life"
"Fearless" 40
1991 "Sons and Daughters"
"Drift Away" 19 Treacherous Too! A History of The Neville Brothers
1992 "Fly Like an Eagle" 44 8 66 Family Groove
"One More Day" 29
"On the Other Side of Paradise"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Studio albumsEdit

  • 1978: The Neville Brothers (Capitol)
  • 1981: Fiyo on the Bayou (A&M)
  • 1987: Uptown (EMI)
  • 1989: Yellow Moon (A&M)
  • 1990: Brother's Keeper (A&M)
  • 1992: Family Groove (A&M)
  • 1995: Mitakuye Oyasin Oyasin/All My Relations (A&M)
  • 1997: The Carnival by Wyclef Jean (guest appearance on "Mona Lisa")
  • 1999: Valence Street (Columbia)
  • 2004: Walkin' in the Shadow of Life (Back Porch/EMI)

Live albumsEdit

  • 1984: Neville-ization (Black Top)
  • 1987: Nevillization 2 (Live at Tipitina's Volume 2) (Spindletop)
  • 1994: Live on Planet Earth (A&M)
  • 1998: Live at Tipitina's (1982) (Rhino)
  • 2010: Authorized Bootleg: Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA, February 27, 1989 (A&M)

Compilation albumsEdit

  • 1986: Treacherous – A History of The Neville Brothers (1955–1985) (Rhino)
  • 1991: Treacherous Too! – A History of the Neville Brothers, Volume Two (1955–1987) (Rhino)
  • 1997: The Very Best of the Neville Brothers (Rhino)
  • 1999: Uptown Rulin' – The Best of the Neville Brothers (A&M)
  • 2004: 20th Century Masters – The Millenium Collection: The Best of The Neville Brothers (A&M)
  • 2005: Gold (Hip-O/UMe)

Related albumsEdit


  1. ^ "Awards". 30 April 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  2. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 471. CN 5585.
  3. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "Neville Bros. return to New Orleans jazz festival". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  4. ^ "The Neville Brothers' triumphant Jazzfest return". Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Neville Brothers farewell concert was both celebratory and confounding". Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Spera, Keith (April 26, 2018). "New Orleans legend Charles Neville, saxophonist for the Neville Brothers, dies at 79". The New Orleans Advocate. Archived from the original on 2018-04-27.
  7. ^ "The Neville Brothers - German Chart". Retrieved 2014-04-06.
  8. ^ "The Official Charts Company - The Neville Brothers". The Official Charts Company. 6 April 2014.

External linksEdit