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Ivan Neville

Neville performing at the 2005 Bourbon Street Fest
Background information
Born 19 August 1959 (1959-08-19) (age 50)
Origin New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Genres Rock and roll, R&B
Occupations Musician
Years active 1983–present
Labels Polydor
Iguana Records
Uptop Entertainment
Compendia Records
Associated acts Neville Brothers
Keith Richards

Ivan Neville (born 19 August 1959, New Orleans, Louisiana) is a multi-instrumentalist musician, singer, and songwriter. He is the son of Aaron Neville and nephew to members of the Neville Brothers.

He has released four solo albums and had a Top 40 Billboard hit with "Not Just Another Girl" from his first solo album If My Ancestors Could See Me Now. His second single "Falling Out of Love" charted on the Billboard Hot 100 and appeared on the soundtrack for the John Ritter film, Skin Deep in 1989. While it was never a huge charting song, Neville's "Why Cant I Fall In Love" has also become a sleeper fan-favorite, gaining fame from the 1990 Soundtrack to the Christian Slater film, "Pump Up The Volume".

Neville has played with and appeared on several Neville Brother records, as well as his father’s solo records. He contributed keyboards to two Rolling Stones albums, 1986’s Dirty Work and 1994’s Voodoo Lounge as well as being a member of Keith Richards’ solo band the X-Pensive Winos. In 1988, he toured with Richards after recording Talk is Cheap, and was the opening act for the shows, since If My Ancestors Could See Me Now was released.

Apart from appearing on several other artists’ records, including Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, Robbie Robertson, Rufus, Paula Abdul, and Delbert McClinton, he was a member of the Spin Doctors, touring and recording on the group's album Here Comes The Bride in 1999–2000, even taking over lead vocal duties when Chris Barron lost his voice. In 2002, he formed his own band Dumpstaphunk and appeared, among other places, on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Through the Tipitina's Foundation, along with other New Orleans musicians, Neville has been active in performing benefit shows in support of Hurricane Katrina charities.

External links

  • Dumpstaphunk band website: [1]
  • Neville Tracks, a Neville Brothers and Ivan discography available at [2]
  • The Tipitina's Foundation helps New Orleans artists recover from Hurricane Katrina: [3]
  • Matthews, Bunny. "Ivan Neville: Return of the Prodigal Son" OffBeat. (Accessed 27 May 2007).


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