Art “Poppa Funk” Neville spent a half-century shaping the sound of New Orleans music. The keyboardist and singer was a founding member of the Meters and the Neville Brothers, and was the voice of the enduring Carnival season anthem “Mardi Gras Mambo.” Neville died July 22, 2019 in his New Orleans home after years of declining health, according to sources close to his family. He was 81. Born Arthur Lanon Neville in New Orleans, Lousiana on December 17, 1937 he formed along with hi brothers Aaron, Charles and Ivan the singing group “The Neville Brothers”. The Neville Brothers were part of the soundtrack for the 1990 Euro-western “Posse” starring Mario Van Peebles.
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