You Say It's Your Birthday: The Neville Brothers' Charles Neville

Alex Chilton is celebrating his birthday today too!!

Today is the birthday of Neville Brothers saxophonist,

percussionist and vocalist Charles Neville, born in 1939. The Neville Brothers,

best known for their swamp-style R&B, is made up of four brothers: Charles,

keyboardist/vocalist Art and vocalists and percussionists Aaron and Cyril.

Art and Cyril were both in the classic New Orleans funk combo, the Meters,

while Aaron's first claim to fame was the amazing soul hit, "Tell It Like It

Is." In 1977, the brothers decided to form a band together. Their first album

was released in 1978; their sophomore work, Fiyo on the Bayou, was

released in 1981. Working with producer Joel Dorn and arranger Wardell

Quezergue, they scored a few minor hits including "Mona Lisa" and "Iko Iko."

The band landed gigs with the Rolling Stones, and recorded two live albums

in the mid-1980s. Though the Nevilles have only had moderate success, Aaron has

continued to have a stunning career as a solo artist.

The Neville

Brothers can be heard most recently on 1992's studio work Family Groove

and the 1994's Live on Planet Earth. Other birthdays: Edgar Winter, Dick

Diamonds, Alex Chilton (Box Tops/Big Star) Louis NcCall (Con Funk Shun) and Ray

Slijngaard (2 Unlimited). --Beth Winegarner