Charles Neville dies at 79


NEW ORLEANS, LA – MAY 03: Charles Neville performs during The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music at the Saenger Theatre on May 3, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Skip Bolen/Getty Images for Blackbird Productions)

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NEW ORLEANS – Charles Neville has died at 79.

One of the founders of the Neville Brothers Band, Neville announced he was battling cancer early in 2018, sparking a round of fundraisers and tributes.

Along with his brothers Art Neville, Aaron Neville, and Cyril Neville, Charles Neville helped shape the funky sounds coming out of producer Allen Toussaint’s recording studios in the 1970s.

Many other members of the Neville family have become major players in the New Orleans music scene, from Charles Neville’s daughter Charmaine Neville to the next generation, represented by Ivan Neville and Ian Neville.


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