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The Meters

Band, 1965-1977 US, New Orleans
R&B/Soul
A.k.a. The Rhine Oaks

Considered by many to be the founding fathers of funk, The Meters created a unique sound that lasted through the sixties and seventies and was reborn in the late eighties. Their trademark sound blends funk, blues, and dance grooves with a New Orleans vibe. The history of this native New Orleans band dates back to 1965, when keyboardist & vocalist Art Neville recruited bassist George Porter Jr., drummer Joseph 'Zigaboo' Modeliste and guitarist Leo Nocentelli to form The Meters. They became the house band for Allen Toussaint and his record label, Sansu Enterprises. In 1969 the Meters released "Sophisticated Cissy" and "Cissy Strut", both major R&B chart hits. Cyril Neville, Art Neville's brother, joined the band in 1975 as a percussionist and vocalist for three of their albums for Reprise/Warner Brothers. After twelve years and ten studio albums, The Meters disbanded in 1979 due to business problems. The original line-up reformed after an informal jam during the 1989 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In 1994, Art Neville and Porter, alongside two new members, were officially christened The Funky Meters, and continued to perform into the next decade.

        
Members
PortraitCyril Neville
voc, perc *1948 US
PortraitLeo Nocentelli
g *1946 US
PortraitJoseph Modeliste
dr *1948 US
PortraitGeorge Porter, Jr.
*1947 US
PortraitArt Neville
key, voc *1937 US
Popular Tracks   
Cissy Strut on The Meters by The Meters
Just Kissed My Baby on Rejuvenation by The Meters
Hand Clapping Song on Struttin' by The Meters
People Say on Rejuvenation by The Meters
It Ain't No Use on Rejuvenation by The Meters
Find Yourself on Trick Bag by The Meters
Wichita Lineman on Struttin' by The Meters
Stormy on The Meters by The Meters
Hey Pocky A-Way - 2002 Remaster on Rejuvenation by The Meters
Fire on the Bayou on Fire On The Bayou by The Meters

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Natural Soul Brother / The Meters Medley (Pt. 1)Danny White / The Meters2018Single
Express Yourself / Just Kissed My BabyThe Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band, The Meters2018Single
Nola Breaks Vol 4Jean Knight / The Meters2017Single
A Message From The Meters: The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977The Meters2016Compil.
Cissy StrutThe Meters2016Single
Nola BreaksThe Meters / Ernie K-Doe2016Single
Original Album SeriesThe Meters2014Album
Same Old Thing / Good LifeThe Meters / Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth2014Single
People SayThe Meters2013Single
Here Comes The Meter Man (The Complete Josie Recordings 1968–1970)The Meters2011Compil.
Here Comes The Meter ManThe Meters2011Album
Funky MiracleThe Meters2008Compil.
KickbackThe Meters2006Compil.
Funky Meters LiveThe Meters2005Album
A Message From The MetersThe Meters2004Compil.
Just Kissed My Baby / Africa / People SayThe Meters2004Album
Fire In Texas 1975The Meters2003Album
Zony MashThe Meters2003Compil.
The EssentialsThe Meters2002Compil.
Good Old Funky MusicThe Meters2001Compil.
Let's Party With The MetersThe Meters2001Compil.
KickbackThe Meters2001Compil.
The Josie Years (Anthology)The Meters2001Compil.
A Message From The MetersThe Meters2000Compil.
The Great Aaron Neville With The Neville BrothersAaron Neville, Art Neville, The Meters2000Compil.
The Best Of The Meters 71-77The Meters2000Compil.
The Very Best OfThe Meters1998Compil.
The Very Best Of The MetersThe Meters1997Compil.
Best Of The MetersThe Meters1996Compil.
Funkify Your Life (Anthology)The Meters1995Compil.
Crescent City Groove MerchantsThe Meters1994Compil.
Second Helping (Live At The Moonwalker)The Meters Featuring JB Horns, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis1994Album
Fundamentally FunkyThe Meters1994Compil.
The Complete Meters Feat. Art Neville And Aaron NevilleThe Meters, Aaron Neville, Art Neville1993Compil.
Live At The MoonwalkerThe Meters featuring JB Horns, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis1993Album
Sophisticated CissyThe Meters1993Compil.
Meters JamThe Meters1992Album
The Original FunkmastersThe Meters1992Compil.
Uptown Rulers! (Live On The Queen Mary)The Meters1992Album
Funky MiracleThe Meters1991Compil.
Good Old Funky MusicThe Meters1990Album
Second Line FunkThe Meters1987Compil.
Here Come The MetermenThe Meters1986Compil.
At Rozy'sThe Meters1981Album
Look-Ka Py Py / Tippi-Toes / Cissy StrutThe Meters1980Compil.
Second Line StrutThe Meters1980Compil.
The MetersThe Meters1977Single
New DirectionsThe Meters1977Album
Be My LadyThe Meters1977Single
Trick BagThe Meters1976Album
People Say / Jungle ManThe Meters1976Single
The Best Of The Meters 71-75The Meters1976Compil.
Mardi Gras MamboThe Meters1976Single
Trick Bag / Find YourselfThe Meters1976Single
Mr. MoonThe Meters1976Single
Disco Is The Thing TodayThe Meters1976Album
They All Ask For You / Hey Pocky A-WayThe Meters1976Single
Disco Is The Thing TodayThe Meters1976Single
The Best Of The MetersThe Meters1975Compil.
Fire On The BayouThe Meters1975Single
They All Ask'd For YouThe Meters1975Single
Fire On The BayouThe Meters1975Album
RejuvenationThe Meters1974Album
Ride Your Pony / Look-Ka Py PyThe Meters1974Single
Hey Pocky A-Way / AfricaThe Meters1974Single
Cissy StrutThe Meters1974Compil.
People SayThe Meters1974Single
People SayThe Meters1974Single
Ride Your PonyThe Meters1974Single
CardovaThe Meters1974Single
Cabbage AlleyThe Meters1972Album
Do The Dirt / SmilingThe Meters1972Single
Cabbage AlleyThe Meters1972Single
Cissy Strut / Sophisticated CissyThe Meters1972Single
Chug Chug Chug-A-Lug (Push N' Shove)The Meters1972Single
Birds / Soul IslandThe Meters1972Single
Stretch Your Rubber BandThe Meters1971Single
Good Old Funky MusicThe Meters1971Single
Chicken StrutThe Meters1970Single
Dry Spell / Little Old Money MakerThe Meters1970Single
(The World Is A Bit Under The Weather) Doodle-Oop / I Need More TimeThe Meters1970Single
Hand Clapping Song / Chicken StrutThe Meters1970Single
Hand Clapping SongThe Meters1970Single
Look-Ka Py Py / This Is My Last AffairThe Meters1970Single
A Message From The Meters / Zony MashThe Meters1970Single
Struttin'The Meters1970Album
The MetersThe Meters1969Album
Look-Ka Py PyThe Meters1969Album
Ease Back / AnnThe Meters1969Single
Cissy Strut / Here Comes The Meter ManThe Meters1969Single
Sophisticated Cissy / Sehorns FarmsThe Meters1968Single
Sophisticated CissyThe Meters1968Single
Aaron Neville & The Neville Brothers - Baby I'm A Want YouAaron Neville, Cyril Neville, The Meters1963Compil.
Sophisticated Cissy / Look-Ka Py PyThe MetersSingle
Cissy Strut / Chicken StrutThe MetersSingle
Just Kissed My BabyThe MetersAlbum
The Complete Meters Feat. Art Neville And Aaron NevilleThe Meters, Aaron Neville, Art NevilleCompil.
1970 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalThe Meters, Al HirtAlbum
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