Aaron Neville is an American soul singer.
Aaron Neville was born in New Orleans in 1941, the third oldest of four brothers (the others being Art, Cyril and Charles). All four of them were destined to be important figures in the music of their native city, but it would be many years before they all performed together as The Neville Brothers. Aaron started singing in the 50s, with his older brother Art to look up to (Art Neville played piano and sang in a group called The Hawketts, who had a regional hit in 1954 with "Mardi Gras Mambo"). In 1958 Aaron served six months in prison for auto theft, but following his release he got married and started his solo singing career.
He was blessed with an almost angelic voice with a unmistakeable vibrato, and got to showcase it with his recordings for Joe Banashak's Minit label in the early 60s, with Allen Toussaint producing (as he did for other Minit artists including Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe, Chris Kenner and Benny Spellman). Neville's first release was a hit, "Over You" getting to #21 on the national R&B chart in 1960. However the follow-up singles failed to chart, and his next success would have to wait until 1966.
No LPs were released during this period, but most of his recordings from this time can be found on various compilations. In fact in 1966 Minit released twelve of them as the Like It 'Tis album to cash in on the success he saw with the hit single "Tell It Like It Tis" on the Par-Lo label. A bit dubious no doubt, but it made for a great album. This compilation features all eighteen songs he recorded for Minit, and also as a bonus I've included a second album with just twelve song to recreate the Like It 'Tis LP. Some really good, distinctive New Orleans R&B. The real highlights are the ballads, where Neville truly excells.
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