The Neville Brothers
The Neville Brothers
|Origin||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Genres||R&B, soul, funk|
|Labels||Capitol, Black Top, A&M, EMI, Columbia, Back Porch|
The group notion started in 1976, when the four brothers of the Neville family, Art (1937-2019), Charles, (1938–2018), Aaron (b. 1941), and Cyril (b. 1948) came 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 1989.
Also in 1990, they appeared on the bill at that year's Glastonbury Festival. 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, on Back Porch Records, their first newly recorded effort in five years.
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.
The final Neville Brothers studio album, titled Walkin' in the Shadow of Life, was released in 2004. The group formally disbanded in 2012 but reunited in 2015 for a farewell concert in New Orleans.
Charles Neville died of pancreatic cancer on April 26, 2018, at the age of 79.
Art Neville died on July 22, 2019, at the age of 81. A cause of death has not yet been provided.
|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|
|"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"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|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.|
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 1976: The Wild Tchoupitoulas (with four of The Neville Brothers)
- "32nd Annual GRAMMY Awards". GRAMMY.com. 2017-11-28. Retrieved 2019-07-23.
- Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 471. CN 5585.
- Editorial, Reuters. "Neville Bros. return to New Orleans jazz festival". reuters.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
- "The Neville Brothers' triumphant Jazzfest return". nola.com. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
- Spera, Keith (December 19, 2018). "Art Neville, founding member of the Neville Brothers and the Meters, has retired". The New Orleans Advocate. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
- Spera, Keith (May 3, 2015). "Neville Brothers farewell concert was both celebratory and confounding". nola.com. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
- 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.
- Rosen, Jody (25 June 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
- "The Neville Brothers - German Chart". charts.de. Retrieved 2014-04-06.
- "The Official Charts Company - The Neville Brothers". The Official Charts Company. 6 April 2014.