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As a founding member of the Meters and Neville Brothers , New Orleans vocalist and keyboardist Art Neville helped immeasurably to shape the contemporary New Orleans funk sound. Neville's first band, the Hawketts, tasted local success in 1954 with the carnival perennial "Mardi Gras Mambo" on Chess.

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  • I screwed up--the photo is not of the Hawketts but of the Neville Brothers; I hope either that someone will flag the photo or that some nice moderator will come by and see this comment. Still and all--'tis the season for "Mardi Gras Mambo"!

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