The Meters’ George Porter Jr: “My note choices may have gotten better... In a trio, there’s room for me to be busier”

George Porter Jr.
(Image credit: Courtesy of George Porter Jr.)

The funk fans among us have long been in awe of the work of George Porter Jr and The Meters, the New Orleans-based band he co-founded in 1965 with Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli, and Joseph ‘Zigaboo’ Modeliste. They’ve long been hailed alongside Sly & The Family Stone and Parliament-Funkadelic as progenitors of funk, with their signature instrumental Cissy Strut from 1969 an archetype of laid-back, effortless groove.

As well as recording their own classics, The Meters also became the house band for Allen Toussaint’s label and studio in New Orleans, backing records for a range of musicians including Dr. John, Paul McCartney, and Robert Palmer; they famously backed Patti Labelle on her 1974 hit, Lady Marmalade. Porter was later sampled by hip-hop artists such as A Tribe Called Quest, Run DMC, N.W.A. and Queen Latifah.

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