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Founding The Meters and Neville Brothers member Art Neville, who celebrated his 81st birthday this week, has officially announced his retirement from music. The legendary keyboardist/vocalist mad the announcement on Wednesday evening amid a number of recent health issues that have hampered his mobility. He has been a staple of the New Orleans music world since 1953, when he joined The Hawketts as a teenager and sang lead on their remake of country tune “Mardi Gras Mambo”, a recording that is still widely played during the annual celebration.Even in the year leading up to Wednesday’s announcement, Art Neville, a.k.a. Poppa Funk, has stayed away from the stage. When The Meters were honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year, Art was unable to make the ceremony and accompanying performance. His son, Dumpstaphunk guitarist Ian Neville, attended the proceedings to accept the award on Art’s behalf.In August, while discussing the Meters’ Lifetime Achievement Grammy, Leo Nocentelli had mentioned that the band was taking a “wait and see” approach to Neville’s health in terms of a potential reunion, noting, “I’m hoping and praying that he’ll be able to play again.” With this new announcement, Art has confirmed that those hopes will not come to fruition.However, the legacy of the Meters and the Nevilles is alive and well in today’s music scene. Both Ian and Ivan Neville continue to do their thing with Dumpstaphunk, who was just announced as a supporting act for Dead & Company’s upcoming Playing in the Sand event. The Meters’ Zigaboo Modeliste and George Porter Jr. continue to play consistently with their Meters-inspired project, Foundation of Funk. On December 28th, they’ll both celebrate their birthdays with a blowout at Berkeley, CA’s Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse.We wish all the best to Art Neville in his retirement![H/T The New Orleans Advocate]
While Bell excelled in the running game, quarterback Ben Olson was able to pick apart Stanford’s secondary. Five receivers, two tight ends and Bell and Markey all caught passes, which was much different from how UCLA’s passing game operated last season, when Markey’s 35 catches were tops on the team. In nine of 13 games last season, four receivers or less caught passes. “I would love to catch balls out of the backfield,” Markey said, “but it was really nice to see our receivers play as well as they did, and Ben hit them with the ball as well as he did. If they play like that all the time, I would not mind not catching any balls.” Making amends UCLA’s heralded defense allowed 17 points and 383 yards in the win at Stanford, which was shut out and totaled 166 yards in a loss at the Rose Bowl last season. That was a big reason UCLA’s defense seemed a bit more intense in Tuesday’s practice. “They’re a little ornery, and I like that,” UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. “There’s a standard we’re expecting to play, and overall they played well, but they understood the issues that rose up and bit us a little bit.” Position change Bruins redshirt freshman Darius Savage was switched from defensive tackle to offensive line. He spent much of the practice working with the offensive line, although he did spend some time on the scout team, and stayed after practice to work on his technique. “He’s on our PAT protection already, and it seems like he’s more natural on the offensive side than the defensive side,” Dorrell said. “He just wants to play. “He thinks this will probably be a little faster chance for him to play, given that he’s behind the defense.” Savage, an accomplished shot put and discus thrower, missed spring ball to participate in track and field. He played offensive line at Morse High in San Diego. Injury update Bruins starting cornerback Rodney Van did not practice because of a sprained left ankle, but Dorrell said he anticipated Van participating today. Van was the only injury UCLA suffered in the season opener, but backup defensive tackle Jerzy Siewierski was slowed in practice by pain in his arch. That injury is not thought to be significant. Odds and ends UCLA, which is ranked 13th, moved up one spot in the Associated Press poll. The Bruins jumped three spots, to 14th, in the USA Today coaches poll. … Former UCLA offensive line coach Mark Weber, who spent six years on Bob Toledo’s staff and was fired after one season with Dorrell, is in his first year as BYU’s offensive line coach. … BYU quarterback Max Hall, a transfer from Arizona State, is the nephew of former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Danny White. … Olson was named the Pacific-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Week. He completed 16 of 29 passes for 286 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And Markey, a senior starting tailback, isn’t about to gripe about being overshadowed by backfield ‘mate Kahlil Bell, or by a receiving corps that hauled in five touchdowns. “We watched film, and I got an A grading out,” Markey said. “The big plays weren’t there for me, and how I play, I tell myself to be patient and let the game come to you. I feel that’s what I did.” Markey carried 20 times for a workmanlike 71 yards. There were a few instances where Markey was a slipped tackle or quick cut from breaking off a long run, but he isn’t concerned. Instead, Markey, who ran for 1,107 yards last season, said he was thrilled Bell had a career-best 195 yards on 19 carries. “One of my goals is to have one of the best backfields in the nation, and that’s what I told (Bell) before the game,” Markey said. “If one of us is not clicking, the other will be clicking, and he was clicking Saturday. He played a great game.” By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER Chris Markey led UCLA in rushing last season, but was a mere 124 yards behind the Bruins’ leading ground gainer in the season opening win at Stanford. He was UCLA’s leading receiver in 2006, but had one catch for 2 yards against the Cardinal.