1941 – Aaron Neville born January 24th in New Orleans — the third of six brothers and sisters.
1959 – Marries wife Joel in January when both were 17. At 19, Neville’s professional singing career kicks off with a recording session with legendary New Orleans musician and producer Allen Toussaint, later of legendary funk pioneers The Meters.
1966 – While working as a long shoreman, Neville records ballad “Tell It Like It Is,” produced by George Davis. It reaches No. 2 on the Pop chart and spends five weeks No. 1 on the R&B chart, selling over a million copies. “Tell It Like It Is” is covered by everyone from Otis Redding to Heart and is named one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone in 2004.
1977 – Born out of a collaboration with local Mardi Gras Indian musicians The Wild Tchoupitoulas and the Meters (also featuring Art and Cyril Neville), the Neville Brothers begin recording and performing. They complete their self-titled debut album on Capitol Records the following year and will go on to release a dozen studio and live albums over the next 25 years.
1986 – Aaron Neville returns to solo recording with the standards album Orchid in the Storm, featuring renditions of “Earth Angel” and “Save the Last Dance For Me,” with his signature phrasing and instantly recognizable style.
1988 – Aaron’s oldest son Ivan Neville releases his debut album If My Ancestors Could See Me Now, featuring the Top 40 hit “Not Just Another Girl.” The younger Neville joins Keith Richards’ debut solo tour as keyboardist.
1989 – Aaron contributes four duet vocals to smash album Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind by pop/rock singer Linda Ronstadt. The single “Don’t Know Much” reaches No. 2 on the Pop chart and tops the Adult Contemporary chart. The album is certified triple platinum and “Don’t Know Much” wins a Grammy Award for “Best Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group” in 1990. A second single, “All My Life,” performs similarly on the charts and wins the same Grammy Award the following year.
1990 – The Neville Brothers’ “Healing Chant” receives a Grammy Award for “Best Pop Instrumental Performance.”
1991 – Aaron goes solo again with the platinum-selling Warm Your Heart, featuring a Top 10 cover of the Main Ingredient’s soul classic “Everybody Plays the Fool.”
1992 – Neville records an iconic commercial for the Cotton industry for their now-classic “The fabric of our lives…” campaign.
1993 – Always versatile, with hits spanning pop, rock, and gospel, Neville becomes a charting country artist with the release of the platinum-selling The Grand Tour album and single. He has, to date, earned an amazing 15 Grammy Award nominations across 11 different categories.
1994 – Neville wins his fourth Grammy for “Best Country & Western Vocal Collaboration” for a Don Was-produced rendition of Patsy Cline’s “I Fall To Pieces” with Trisha Yearwood (off The Grand Tour).
1997 – Neville releases the autobiographical To Make Me Who I Am, featuring a reteaming with Ronstadt on two duets including a cover of the soul classic “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.”
2004 – The Neville Brothers release their first studio album in five years, Walkin’ In The Shadows of Life. The band continues its tradition of closing the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
2005 – Hurricane Katrina devastates Neville’s hometown and destroys his house and possessions, forcing him to relocate to Nashville. Neville releases his Gospel Roots album and performs Randy Newman’s classic “Louisiana, 1927” on the NBC benefit special A Concert for Hurricane Relief. He also releases his second album of Christmas standards, A Christmas Prayer.
2007 – Neville’s wife Joel passes away from lung cancer on January 5th. The couple were married for nearly 50 years.
2009 – Neville’s son Jason, a singer and rapper, joins the Neville Brothers at their traditional headlining spot at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage.
2010 – Neville marries Sarah A. Friedman. He returns to making gospel music with the album I Know I’ve Been Changed (reteaming with producer Allen Toussaint) and celebrates his 50th year as a recording artist. In December, Neville is inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
2012 – Neville signs to EMI’s Blue Note label, the legendary jazz and blues imprint, and tours over the summer with the Aaron Neville Quintet. Plans are made for a winter Christmas Celebration tour with the Aaron Neville Quintet.
January 22, 2013 – Neville will release his Blue Note debut My True Story, a collection of twelve classic doo-wop numbers (including “Tears on My Pillow” and “Under the Boardwalk”) performed in his utterly inimitable vocal style. The album was co-produced by Blue Note President Don Was and Keith Richards, and finds Neville backed by a top-flight rock & roll band, led by the distinctive, propulsive guitar work of Richards himself. The other musicians include Greg Leisz on guitar (Beck, Sheryl Crow), Benmont Tench on organ (founding member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), George G. Receli on drums (Bob Dylan), and Tony Scherr on bass (Bill Frisell, Norah Jones).