Five On Friday...Neville Brothers

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, August 27, 2010

Remember Brother Rich's  LyricSong for Every Day of the Year Project is to come up with songs that mention, or refer to, every single one of the 366 days of the (leap) year. The aim is nothing more than simply coming up with a really cool, really long list of song titles.

There are many more entries in the last two weeks, but there are still many open dates and I also know some of my readers are music encyclopedias - or at least knowledgeable!

This is a cool thing indeed...

Check it out HERE

Each week TRAVIS from "Trav's Thoughts" hosts Five On Friday where we get to select five songs of any mix we care....

Check out the other participants by clicking on his link above...and join in!

You can register for free at and type in a band name and BAM the song will be there to assist in building your playlist.

Travis lays out some guidelines for this meme and they go like this:

1. Grab the banner, make your post title Five on Friday, and be sure to link back here.

2. Go to to make your play list of five songs. Choose a particular theme to share with us. You can simply post the play list, or you can add a little summary about what you are sharing.

3. I don't know how to make a specific linky, so be sure to leave me a comment to let me know that you participated.

4. No tags, but feel free to invite your friends to play along if they need a post topic on a Friday.

The group dates back to 1976, when the four brothers of the Neville family, Art (b. 1937), Charles (b. 1938), Aaron (b. 1941), and Cyril (b. 1948) got together to take part in the recording session of The Wild Tchoupitoulas, a Mardi Gras Indian group led by their uncle Big Chief Jolly.

This experience led them to form the group the following year. Their debut album was released from Capitol Records in 1978.

In 1988, the group released Uptown from EMI featuring guests including Branford Marsalis, Keith Richards and Carlos Santana. The following year saw the release of Yellow Moon from A&M Records produced by Daniel Lanois. The track "Healing Chant" from that album won best pop instrumental performance of the Grammy Awards. In June 1990, they appeared on the bill at that year's Glastonbury Festival.

Due to the health problems of Art Neville, the band kept low profile in the late 1990s onto the early 2000s. However, they made a comeback in 2004 with the album, Walkin' In The Shadow Of Life, from Back Porch Records, their first newly recorded effort in five years.

All brothers except Charles who lived in Massachusetts, had been living in New Orleans, but suffering damages from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Cyril and Aaron moved out of the city afterwards. They had not been performing in New Orleans since Katrina hit the city. However, they finally returned to perform there at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2008, at the closing spot which had been reserved for them for years.

Five from this family of incredible musicians and voices for y'all to enjoy this week.



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10 Of Your Sparks

  1. Jay Says:
  2. The Neville Brothers? Yeah, well uh, I guess we can't agree on thing every week now can we? hahaha

    Have a great weekend Vinnster. ;-)

  3. I like the sound of the Neville Brothers in small doses. The falsetto sound is so distinct from men that big. Favorites, the duet with Linda Ronstadt.

  4. JAY: Not a fan I guess...well one out of 20 ain't bad

    JAMIE: I thought 5 songs was a small dose! LOL

  5., sweet music...

  6. Dianne Says:
  7. I'm not much of a fan either although I do like a few things that Aaron has done

    have a great weekend Vinny

  8. Mike Golch Says:
  9. Bond great set.

  10. Linda Says:
  11. Truth be told, I'm more of a Branford Marsalis fan than I am the Neville Brothers but I do like some of their stuff and I'm always a fan of anyone who does something with Carlos Santana ... gee, that gives me an idea for a future Five on Friday set!

  12. Unknown Says:
  13. Now you know that I'm going to say what a great choice you made today. I love the Neville Brothers. As good as they are on vinyl (ok, on whatever it is cds are made of) they are even better live. Great choice my friend.

  14. Travis Cody Says:
  15. Of course I know Aaron Neville, and I certainly know Tell It Like It Is, but I'm not that thoroughly familiar with the history or the music of the brothers together. Thanks for the wider exposure.

  16. DrillerAA09 Says:
  17. Love this set. Amazing Grace is special indeed.


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