Art Neville Of Neville Brothers, The Meters Dies At 81


Art Neville, keyboardist in both The Neville Brothers and funk group The Meters, died Monday at his home in New Orleans. He was 81.

A cause of death was not immediately revealed.

Neville and his brothers Aaron, Charles and Cyril formed a music act in 1976 and released 10 studio albums between 1978 and 2004. They disbanded in 2012 but reunited for a one last concert in 2015.

Charles died of cancer last year at 79.

Prior to working with his brothers, Neville was a founding member of The Meters, a groundbreaking group that also backed artists like Dr. John and Robert Palmer. They were honoured last year with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Art will be deeply missed by many, but remembered for imaginatively bringing New Orleans funk to life,” the Recording Academy said, in a release.

Neville leaves behind wife Lorraine and three children.