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.
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