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The Times-Picayune It was not the homecoming he, or anyone else, wanted. For 16 months, he stayed away, monitoring the news, absorbing the horror.
As he saw it, he couldn't go back.
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Following the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, an acute onset of asthma landed him in a hospital. An inhaler is now his constant companion. Despite assurances that the air in the city is no more hostile to asthmatics than it was pre-Katrina, Neville chose not to return. And he certainly wouldn't bring Joel. Before the storm, the former Joel Roux, his wife and mother of his four children, battled lung cancer into remission.
But her health was still precarious; post-Katrina New Orleans, they decided, was no place for her. They bought a hilltop house in leafy Brentwood, Tenn. Aaron and Joel settled in with her brother and elderly mother, who had lost their own home in Pontchartrain Park.
The Nevilles of Nashville. Aaron celebrated New Orleans across the country. On the road with the Neville Brothers. Everywhere but New Orleans. Throughout his exile, Aaron and his manager considered when, and how, the singer might return.
The longer he waited, the more dramatic such a homecoming would be. They envisioned a public event to demonstrate how Aaron and the brothers still loved the city that made them who and what they are.
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But in the end, it was Joel who finally brought Aaron home. Brought him home to bury her. High achievement runs in the family. Her oldest brother, Dr. During her senior year at Xavier Prep, Joel met Aaron Neville, a year-old boy with an inherent sweetness not completely masked by a menacing exterior. He first spotted this "cute Creole girl" at a party in May A few days later, he and Leo Morris, the celebrated jazz drummer later known as Idris Muhammad, were "bippity-bopping" down Valence Street.
They crossed paths with the girl from the party, en route to have her prom dress altered. Morris introduced her to his buddy. She sang with a group called the Debettes; he showed up to play piano with them at St.
Joan of Arc Church and Lincoln Beach amusement park.
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The Roux family was not pleased. They expected Joel go to college, not fall for a Walter L. Cohen High School dropout and aspiring singer. But I knew I loved her, and I knew she loved me, so it didn't matter.
Aaron was two weeks shy of that mark; his mother signed the marriage license. Years later, the precise date of their wedding slipped from memory. So they celebrated on three consecutive days -- Jan. Aaron's young bride enrolled at Xavier University but quit after the couple's first child, Ivan, arrived in August Over the next four decades, their marriage endured more steep ups and downs than most.
Aaron possessed a remarkable talent, an angelic voice modeled on cowboy yodelers and soul singers. But his gift could not overcome the lure of the streets. Juvenile crime and car thefts gave way to more serious offenses and heroin use.
In the early s, Aaron moved to Los Angeles to pursue his singing career. Instead, he was busted during a break-in at a clothing store.
He spent a year fighting fires with a jailhouse work gang, then returned to New Orleans. Joel encouraged his career and that of his youngest brother, Cyril. Years later, Cyril would refer to Joel as "my second mother," a confidant for whom he would audition new songs. He worked on the Mississippi River docks, painted houses, dug ditches and drove trucks to make ends meet. Frustration mounted, trouble followed and he took solace in drugs.
One day insoon after the arrival of his youngest son, Jason, Aaron returned to an empty house in the block of Valence Street. Joel had packed up the kids and moved in with her parents in Pontchartrain Park. Even from afar, Joel "kept me safe, really," Neville said. So it gave me a purpose. Joel's parents had forbidden her to see him.
But he hung out in the park near the Roux house. Ivan would sneak outside and remind his pop of what a beautiful family they used to be. Aaron secretly contacted Joel, and promised to change. She helped me grow up. Joel's steady paycheck from Charity Hospital's business department provided stability. By the early s, Aaron was finally making a living from music.
The week of the couple's 25th anniversary, Joel took a cruise with her family. Back home, a lonely Aaron gazed at the full moon, as lyrics formed in his head. There was a big yellow moon out my window. That's how I got through a lot of things, writing about it. I'd write it, and it would help me out. The song served as the title track of the Neville Brothers' Grammy-winning album, considered one of their best. She liked to shop. Her and my sister Athelgra were shopping buddies.
They soon upgraded to a spacious two-story alongside the golf course in the gated Eastover subdivision. Neville imagined living in that house until he died. I used to make plans with her, telling her what I wanted. But it didn't work out like that. Her prognosis was poor. We prayed together every day.
She also proved to be a tenacious fighter, forcing the cancer into remission with radiation and chemotherapy. Then Katrina destroyed their home, neighborhood and city. Aaron, on tour in upstate New York at the time, met up with his family in Tennessee, and they resettled outside Nashville. It just is my rule that I don't break because I can't do it authentically I really think that you're just hard-wiring synapses in your brain up until the age of maybe 12 or 10, and there are certain things you can't learn in an authentic way after that.
Growing up, she listened to many types of music, including Mexican musicwhich was sung by her entire family and was a staple in her childhood. She credits her mother for her appreciation of Gilbert and Sullivan and her father for introducing her to the traditional pop and Great American Songbook repertoire that she would, in turn, help reintroduce to an entire generation.
It's as simple as that. All of my influences and my authenticity are a direct result of the music played in that Tucson living room. She has said that "all girl singers" eventually "have to curtsy to Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday ". She's the greatest chick singer ever. The group played coffeehouses, fraternity houses, and other small venues, billing themselves as "the Union City Ramblers" and "the Three Ronstadts", and they even recorded themselves at a Tucson studio under the name "the New Union Ramblers".
Stone Poneys Ronstadt visited a friend from Tucson, Bobby Kimmelin Los Angeles during Easter break from college inand later that year, shortly before her eighteenth birthday,  decided to move there permanently to form a band with him.
The trio released three albums in a month period in — The band is best known for their hit single " Different Drum " written by Michael Nesmith prior to his joining the Monkeeswhich reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot chart as well as number 12 in Cashbox magazine.
Nearly 50 years later, the song remains one of Ronstadt's most popular recordings. The disc features all tracks from the first two Stone Poneys albums and four tracks from the third album.
Solo career[ edit ] Still contractually obligated to Capitol Records, Ronstadt released her first solo album, Hand Sown Home Grown, in It has been called the first alternative country record by a female recording artist. Ronstadt provided the vocals for some commercials during this period, including one for Remington electric razors, in which a multitracked Ronstadt and Frank Zappa claimed that the electric razor "cleans you, thrills you Recorded entirely in Nashville, it was produced by Elliot Mazerwhom Ronstadt chose on the advice of Janis Joplinwho had worked with him on the Cheap Thrills album.
Touring[ edit ] Judy Henskewho was the then reigning queen of folk music, said to me at The Troubadour'Honey, in this town there are four sexes. Men, women, homosexuals, and girl singers.
The world is tearing by you, real fast, and all these people are looking at you. People see me in my 'girl-singer' suit. But being on the road took its toll both emotionally and professionally. There were few "girl singers" on the rock circuit at the time, and they were relegated to "groupie level when in a crowd of a bunch of rock and roll guys", a status Ronstadt avoided.
At the time, she admired singers like Maria Muldaur for not sacrificing their femininity but says she felt enormous self-imposed pressure to compete with "the boys" at every level.
They toured with her for a short period in and played on Linda Ronstadther self-titled third album, from which the failed single, Ronstadt's version of Browne's " Rock Me on the Water ", was drawn. At this stage, Ronstadt began working with producer and boyfriend John Boylan. I was always a part of my productions. But I always needed a producer who would carry out my whims. But needing someone willing to work with her as an equal, Ronstadt asked Peter Asherwho came highly recommended to her by James Taylor's sister Kate Taylorto help produce two of them: With the release of Don't Cry Now, Ronstadt took on her biggest gig to date as the opening act on Neil Young's Time Fades Away tour, playing for larger crowds than ever before.
Backstage at a concert in Texas, Chris Hillman introduced her to Emmylou Harristelling them, "You two could be good friends",  which soon occurred, resulting in frequent collaborations over the following years.
Meanwhile, the album became Ronstadt's most successful up to that time, sellingcopies by the end of Asher attributed the long-term success of his working relationship with Ronstadt to the fact that he was the first person to manage and produce her with whom there was a solely professional relationship. Buddy Hollyreleased September 6,on which Ronstadt's version of Buddy Holly's " That'll Be The Day " appears among newly recorded versions of Holly's songs by various artists.
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Many of these rhythms and sounds were part of her Southwestern roots. However, as early asRonstadt was being criticized by music "purists" for her "brand of music" which crossed many genres. Country Western Stars magazine wrote in that "Rock people thought she was too gentle, folk people thought she was too pop, and pop people didn't quite understand where she was at, but Country people really loved Linda.
Ronstadt's natural vocal range spans several octaves from contralto to sopranoand occasionally she will showcase this entire range within a single work. Ronstadt was the first female artist in popular music history to accumulate four consecutive platinum albums fourteen certified million selling, to date. As for the singles, Rolling Stone pointed out that a whole generation, "but for her, might never have heard the work of artists such as Buddy HollyElvis Costelloand Chuck Berry.
You exorcise that emotion When interpreting, Ronstadt said she "sticks to what the music demands", in terms of lyrics. And I had to do them both in order to reestablish who I was.
With this in mind, Ronstadt fuses country and rock into a special union. Along with other musicians such as the Flying Burrito BrothersEmmylou HarrisGram ParsonsSwampwaterNeil Youngand the Eaglesshe helped free country music from stereotypes and showed rockers that country was okay.
However, she stated that she was being pushed hard into singing more rock and roll. In many instances, her own interpretations were more successful than the original recordings, and many times new songwriters were discovered by a larger audience as a result of her interpretation and recording.
Ronstadt had major success interpreting songs from a diverse spectrum of artists. Ronstadt's interpretation peaked at number 2 on the country chart. The album itself was nominated for the Album of the Year Grammy. Rolling Stone put Ronstadt on its cover in March It was the first of six Rolling Stone covers shot by photographer Annie Leibovitz.
It included her as the featured artist with a full photo layout and an article by Ben Fong-Torresdiscussing Ronstadt's many struggling years in rock n roll, as well as her home life and what it was like to be a woman on tour in a decidedly all-male environment.