Happy 71st Birthday, Aaron Neville!

(January 24) Happy Birthday to one of the world's greatest singers and a member of an immensely talented family, Mr. Aaron Neville. Born in 1941, Neville has paved a unique path for himself, infusing the sound of Louisiana into rock, soul, Gospel and more and becoming a revered vocalist in the process.

The third youngest of the famous four Neville brothers-Art and Charles are older, Cyril's younger-Aaron was born into one of New Orleans' most celebrated families.

His first influence was Art. "I never heard a better singer or funkier keyboardist than my big brother," says Aaron.

(January 24) Happy Birthday to one of the world's greatest singers and a member of an immensely talented family, Mr. Aaron Neville. Born in 1941, Neville has paved a unique path for himself, infusing the sound of Louisiana into rock, soul, Gospel and more and becoming a revered vocalist in the process.

The third youngest of the famous four Neville brothers-Art and Charles are older, Cyril's younger-Aaron was born into one of New Orleans' most celebrated families.

His first influence was Art. "I never heard a better singer or funkier keyboardist than my big brother," says Aaron.

"Brother Charles," he continues, "was the family jazzman. He blew sax and schooled me in the ways of improvisation. Brother Cyril was our James Brown. He was-and still is-a great singer. He burns with soul."

Aaron was the first Neville to burn his way up the national charts. In 1966, his "Tell It Like It Is" hit number-one. Unfortunately, the label, Par-Lo, went broke before Aaron got paid. On the strength of the smash, though, Neville toured nationally and established his status and a singular style marked by a rare and haunting beauty...  Read more about Aaron Neville


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