New Orleans keyboardist announces retirement from music

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans keyboardist and vocalist Art Neville, a founding member of the Meters and the Neville Brothers, has officially retired from music.

The 81-year-old announced his retirement in a press release Wednesday.

The New Orleans Advocate reports Neville has battled a number of health issues recently that have severely limited his mobility, including complications from back surgery. He has not performed publicly in more than a year.

In July, the Recording Academy bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on the Meters. Neville did not attend the ceremony in Los Angeles; his son represented him.

He was barely 17 when, in 1954, he sang lead on the Hawketts’ remake of a country song called “Mardi Gras Mambo.” More than 60 years later, the song is still a staple of the Carnival season.


Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, http://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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