Remembering Art Neville: Poppa Funk Spotify Playlist


Legendary keyboardist Art Neville died earlier this week at the age of 81. A co-founding member of The Meters and The Neville Brothers, “Poppa Funk’s” musical talents were essential ingredients to those highly influential New Orleans-born bands.

While Neville is perhaps best known for his work with those two groups, Poppa Funk was also behind the keys on many popular records made by other talented musicians over the years. This edition of Saturday Stream collects several of those recordings featuring the late NOLA legend.

Art was still a teenager attending high school when he was recruited in 1954 to sing lead vocal on The Hawkettes’ version of “Mardi Gras Mambo.” That track leads off the playlist, followed by a collection of recordings Neville made between 1956 and 1958, which according to the liner notes, are a mix of solo and full band demos and “master recordings produced by Bumps Blackwell or Harold Battiste.”

Rounding out the playlist are selections of tracks Neville played on throughout his career. He can be heard on Dr. John’ s “Right Place, Wrong Time,” LaBelle’s “Lady Marmalade,” Robert Palmer’s versions of “Salin Shoes” and “Sneakin Sally Through The Alley” and Daniel Lanois’ “The Maker.” There are also tracks by Gov’t Mule, Dumpstaphunk, Etta James, Trombone Shorty, Allen Toussaint, Robbie Robertson, Gin Blossoms and others. The set closes with The Meters’ original simply titled, “Art.” Stream below: