Aaron Neville

“My True Story”

(Blue Note)


It has long been said that the great ones always make it look easy. That statement certainly applies to silky-voiced singer Aaron Neville whose hits include “Tell It Like It Is,” “Don’t Know Much,” “All My Life,” and “Don’t Take Away My Heaven.”

On “My True Story,” Aaron has decided to revisit his favorite late 1950s and early 1960s rhythm & blues hits like the Drifters’ “The Magic Moment,” “Under The Boardwalk,” “Money Honey” and “Ruby Baby,” Thurston Harris’s “Little Bitty Pretty One,” Jesse Belvin’s “Goodnight My Love,” and the Impressions’ “Gypsy Woman,” a tune which he performed recently on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”

Practically every one of these songs has been recorded by numerous artists who generally did these old warhorses proud. Of course as the years go by, it is harder to hear them on any terrestrial radio station (Hooray for Sirius XM and www.popgoldradio.com, an Internet oldies station run by veteran air personality Don Tandler where you can still listen to great tunes of yesteryear.) Aaron Neville has done a very good deed by reviving these songs in 2013.