The name “Neville” is synonymous with New Orleans. For generations, the Neville Brothers have made their mark on the Crescent City, symbolically leading New Orleans’ musical charge by writing and producing countless legendary, genre-defining songs.

Of course, one of the most iconic bands to feature any Nevilles is The Meters, the de facto leaders of the New Orleans funk movement. The youngest of the original Neville Brothers, Cyril Neville celebrates his 74th birthday today. Neville got his start in The Meters, joining his older brother Art Neville a few years after the band was founded. Neville would go on to add his vocals and percussion to the quartet’s mix, ultimately upping the ante of what The Meters could do in the live setting.

Fans will see the pure energy that came from The Meters’ live shows in a classic video of their 1974 performance of “Look Ka Py Py” and “Jungle Man.” Watch the full video below.

The Meters – “Look Ka Py Py”, “Jungle Man”

[Video: FunkensteinJr]

Cyril Neville maintains quite an active career today, and can be seen promoting his own original material, as well as performing with bands like Galactic, Trombone Shorty and more!

Happy birthday Cyril!

[Originally published 10/10/17]