Forty-eight years in the recording industry has changed Aaron Neville very little. On My True Story, his first solo album since 2006, the 72-year-old Manhattanite sampled the soundtrack of his youth: doo-wop standards he’d grown up with as a child in New Orleans.
“If you listen to all my music, you can hear doo-wop all over it,” says Neville. “All the way from ‘Tell It Like It Is’ in the Sixties. I did a split session shortly after that with a group called the Del Royals, and they was doing a doo-wop song called ‘Who Will Be the One.’ I wanted to do that song so bad!
“That’s the music that captured my heart and soul as a teenager and made me decide I wanted to be singing.”
To piece together the album, Neville recruited storied Detroit producer Don Was, who enlisted Keith Richards, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, and session bassist Tony Scherr to remake tracks like the Impressions’ “Gypsy Woman,” the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” and Little Anthony & the Imperials’ “Tears on My Pillow,” which finds Neville shaking that signature vibrato and handling every high note like he’s 36.
“It was like a dream come true,” he says. “I did a mini doo-wop album in the Seventies with [famed Atlantic Records producer] Joel Dorn called Orchid in the Storm. I was doing stuff like ‘For Your Precious Love’ and ‘Pledging My Love,’ ‘We Belong Together.’ This round, we went in shooting for 12 songs and ended up doing 22.
“Keith would always say, ‘Bunch of hard musicians here, and you’re acting like a bunch of kids.’”– Chase Hoffberger
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Prepping Big Four thrash titans Megadeth’s local return after opening for Iron Maiden at the Circuit of the Americas in September and its own Moody Theater sundering in March 2012, founding bassist Dave Ellefson tells all. In his sleek new memoir, My Life with Deth, “Pastor Dave” goes from speed balls to the divine in the band’s initial decade, rejoining his musical yin/yang Dave Mustaine in 2010 for the re-Rust in Peace tour. Catch him interviewed by yours truly at BookPeople, 7pm Tuesday, followed by Megadeth’s Super Collider at the Moody on Wednesday.– Raoul Hernandez