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Aaron Neville


Miami Vice Performer
January 24, 1941, New Orleans, Louisiana
Joel Neville (1959-2007, her death), three children
Sarah Friedman (2010-present)

Aaron Neville (born January 24, 1941, New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American R&B singer whose song "Tell It Like It Is" appeared in the episode "The Prodigal Son" of the show Miami Vice.


Neville's career began in 1966; his first song, "Tell It Like It Is", reached #1 on the Billboard R&B chart and #2 on the Hot 100 in 1967 (the song was later covered by the rock band Heart in 1981, reaching #10, and Don Johnson). He then performed in the Neville Brothers with three of his siblings. His next chart success came in 1989 when he teamed up with Linda Ronstadt on two songs, "Don't Know Much" (#1 and a Grammy winner) and "All My Life" (#1), then reached the top 10 in 1991 with a cover of the soul classic "Everybody Plays The Fool". Neville has also appeared in movies, singing the national anthem in The Fan (with Wesley Snipes), as well as in wrestling events for the WWE and WCW, and at Super Bowl XL with Aretha Franklin. Neville's New Orleans home was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and he relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, but returned in 2008. Neville released his most recent album, My True Story, featuring backing vocals by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Personal Life

Neville married his first wife, Joel, in 1959 until her death from cancer in 2007, they had three children, two of them followed their father into the music business. Neville met his second wife, Sarah Friedman, during a photo shoot for the Neville Brothers, and married in 2010.