Aaron Neville

Tell It Like It Is

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New Orleans singer Aaron Neville had a 1960 Top 21 R&B/number 111 pop hit "Over You" on Minit Records. By the mid-'60s, after recording some unsuccessful sides with producer/songwriter Allen Toussaint, Neville was out of the music business. A childhood friend, songwriter/producer/baritone sax player George Davis started a production company called Parlo with saxophonist Alvin Tyler and Warren Parker. Bandleader Lee Diamond brought the beginnings of a song called "Tell It Like It Is" to Davis before returning to Little Richard's Upsetters and a side gig as a member of the King Records in-house band. Davis tapped Neville as Parlo's first signee, recording four sides at Cosimo Matassa's studio in 1965. Davis shopped the tapes to major labels and New Orleans-based labels, all of whom rejected them. Davis and his partners started Parlo Records, pressing 2,000 vinyl single copies of "Tell It Like It Is" and marketing them through Matassa's record distributing firm. The record took off, selling a million copies while going to number one R&B for five weeks and number two pop in late 1966. The flip side was the jubilant "Why Worry." There was no follow-up to the gold single as Parlo folded soon after its success. Neville made an amazing comeback during the '80s, including hit duets with Linda Ronstadt, and recorded a well-received gospel album, Devotion, issued by Chordant on September 26, 2000.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 196?
Various Artists
Ronn Records 2:43
No Image 1987
Various Artists
Rhino
Tell It Like It Is: Golden Classics 1989 Collectables 2:44
History of Rock: The 60s, Pt. 2 1990
Various Artists
Collectables 2:44
The Classic Aaron Neville 1990 Rounder 3:03
Greatest Hits 1990 Curb 2:41
AM Gold: 1967 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:43
Radio Gold [Ace] 1992
Various Artists
Ace 2:42
Slow Jams: The '60s, Vol. 1 1993
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 2:39
A Bronx Tale [Music from the Motion Picture] 1993
Original Soundtrack
Epic 2:38
Superstars Best Love Songs, Vol. 3-4 1994
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:40
Chart Busters [Laserlight] 1994
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:41
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Delta Distribution
The R&B Box: 30 Years of Rhythm & Blues 1994
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Bros.
Quiet Storm Memories 1995
Various Artists
Zomba 3:10
Hercules 1995 Charly Records 3:08
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Ripete Records 2:42
Happy Days: 100 Rock 'N' Roll Hits 1995
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:05
Tell It Like It Is [K-Tel] 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:07
Tell It Like It Is: The Best of Aaron Neville 1996 Laserlight / Delta Distribution
Crescent City Soul: The Sound of New Orleans 1996
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Capitol 2:39
Eighteen Soulful Ballads 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 2:44
Dick Bartley Presents Collector's Essentials: The '60s 1996
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:42
Rockin' Country Blues, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:41
The Love Album: Old School Romance 1996
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 3:07
Easy Listening, Vol. 2 [ZYX] 1996
Various Artists
ZYX Music 3:04
Smooth Grooves: The '60s, Vol. 3: Late '60s 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 2:43
Mardi Gras Party Time 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:41
Sixties Generation: 1966 1997
Various Artists
Retro Music 3:08
20th Century Rocks, Vol. 10: '60s Soul - Tell It Like It Is 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:08
Good Time Gold 1997
Various Artists
Compose Records 3:07
Remember the 60's [Intercontinental] 1997
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records 2:41
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Relativity 2:39
The New Orleans Hit Story 1997
Various Artists
Charly Records 3:05
Blues Brother Soul Sister [Time Music] 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
This Is Soul: Classic 60's Soul 1997
Various Artists
Pegasus (Pinnacle) 3:07
Super Soul Legends, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
Jewel 2:42
The Great Voice of Soul [Cleopatra] 1998
Various Artists
Cleopatra 3:07
Soul Classics: Timeless 1998
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:44
East Side Story, Vol. 9 1998
Various Artists
East Side Records 2:38
Chart Toppers: R&B Hits of the 60s 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records 2:40
Southern Soul Brothers [Waldoxy] 1998
Various Artists
Waldoxy 2:38
Movie Lovers: 20 Original Movie Love Themes 1998
Various Artists
Records 4:31
Soul Hits of 60's, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
St. Clair / Soul Disciples 3:02
Whole Lotta Soul 1966-1967 1999
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 2:40
Greatest Soul Album of All Time [Dressed to Kill] 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 3:07
Jukebox Hits of 1967, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
DJ Specialist 2:39
Heart & Soul: Romantic Dedications 1999 World Disc Music 0:00
Males & Females 1999
Various Artists
Discom Disk / Discom 2:39
Family Affair: History of the Neville Bros 1999 Charly Records 3:09
The Shagadelic Hits 1999
Various Artists
Madacy 2:37
Soundtracks of Love: Tell It Like It Is 1999
Various Artists
Unison 2:40
The Great Soul Classics 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 3:07
Sophisticated Soul 1999
Various Artists
Mars Entertainment / Mars 2:42
Soul Emotions 1999
Various Artists
The Ultimate Music Collection 2:39
The Very Best of Aaron Neville 2000 A&M 2:44
Solid Gold Soul: Deep Soul 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:43
Disco Fever, Vol. 2 [Dressed to Kill] 2000
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 3:07
Oldies But Goodies, Vol. 7-9 2000
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:39
Soul Ballads [Boxsets] 2000
Various Artists
Boxsets 3:03
Sixties Generation: 1966-1967 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:08
60's: Sensations 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:04
Rock 'N Roll 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:05
Reverb Oldies 2000
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:38
60's Flower Power 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:04
New Millennium Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:41
Soul Greats 2000
Various Artists
Goldies 3:07
60's Love Songs [Madacy] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 2:41
Forever Gold: Soul Ballads [2 Disc] 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:03
Solid Gold Soul [Castle] 2000
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 0:00
The Great Aaron Neville with the Neville Brothers 2000 Red X 3:06
Love Ballads [Love Box] 2000
Various Artists
Love Box 3:02
Midnight Soul [Madacy Disc 3] 2000
Various Artists
Madacy 2:39
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 2:42
Mega 60's 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 3:04
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: Great Soul Ballads 2001
Various Artists
Goldies 3:09
Ultimate Collection 2001 Hip-O 2:39
Cosmic Grooves: Virgo 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:43
Soul Love, Vol. 2 [Dressed to Kill] 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 3:07
Then: Totally Oldies, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:43
#1 R&B Hits 1965-1969 2001
Various Artists
GNP / Crescendo 2:43
Lowrider Oldies, Vols. 1-9: Cruisin' Chrome Series 2001
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:42
Jukebox Hits 1966 [Madacy Single Disc] 2001
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:08
The Sixties Groovy Hits [2002] 2002
Various Artists
Deuce Boxed Sets 3:05
Soul Spectacular! The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 2:42
Let the Good Times Roll: 20 of New Orleans' Finest R&B Classics 1949-1966 2002
Various Artists
Capitol / EMI Records 2:43
The Number 1 Soul Collection 2002
Various Artists
Dominion Entertainment / K-Tel / K-Tel Distribution 3:07
Troubadours: The Essential Album 2002
Various Artists
Manteca 3:10
Jukebox Hits 1966 [Madacy 2 CD] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:09
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Aaron Neville 2002 A&M 2:42
East Side Story, Vol. 1-12 2002
Various Artists
East Side Records 2:38
Stone Soul Classics, Vol. 1 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:38
The Hit Box, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
United Multi Consign 3:04
Gold Collection: R&B Favorites 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:03
Soul: I Will Survive 2002 Brilliant / Digimode Entertainment 3:06
Midnight Soul [Madacy] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:39
Rhythm, Love and Soul: The Sexiest Songs of R&B [WQED] 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution / Shout! Factory 2:42
History of Rock Box 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 2:44
Lowrider Oldies, Vol. 1-3: Cruisin' Chrome Series 2003
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:42
Rhythm, Love and Soul: The Sexiest Songs of R&B [Shout] 2003
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:42
Rock N Roll Reunion 1966 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:04
Body + Soul: Soul of the '60s 2003
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:42
Greatest Love Album [United Multi Vmi] 2003
Various Artists
United Multi Consign 2:39
The Incredible Soul Collection 2003
Various Artists
Rhino 2:42
#1 R&B Hits [Madacy Box] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 3:03
Hit Box 2, Vol. 3 2003
Various Artists
United Multi License 3:04
The Ultimate Soul Collection, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 2:42
Number 1 R&B Hits [Red] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 3:03
Rock On 1967 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:41
Gold Collection: Soul Connection 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:03
Crescent City Kings [CD & DVD] 2004
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 3:51
Let the Good Times Roll, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Liberty 2:42
The Sounds of Summer [Box Set #1] 2004
Various Artists
MCPS / United Audio Entertainment 2:39
Happy Days of Rock 'n' Roll 60s [Bonus DVD] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:04
Classic Love Songs of the 60's [San Fran] 2004
Various Artists
San Fran 2:44
World's Greatest Love Songs [2004] 2004
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 2:40
Rock & Roll: The First 50 Years - The Mid-'60s 2004
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varese 2:29
Smooth Jazz, Vol. 2: The Essential Album 2004
Various Artists
Essential Records 3:03
The Very Best of Aaron & Art Neville 2004 Snapper 3:06
Soul Explosion [Dynamic] 2004
Various Artists
Dynamic 3:03
Happy Days of Rock 'n' Roll 60s - Disc 2 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:04
A Trip Down Memory Lane 2005
Various Artists
Liquid 8 3:04
Tell It Like It Is [V.I. Music] 2005 VI / Re Records 2:41
Soul 2 Soul 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:39
Soul Ballads [St. Clair] 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 3:04
Peabo Bryson Presents Classic Soul Ballads 2005
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 0:00
Tell It Like It Is [Aim] 2005 Aim Records 3:06
The Best of Soul Ballads [St. Clair 2005] 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair / RNB 3:03
Soul Smooching: 36 Late Night Classics 2005
Various Artists
Prism Entertainment 3:04
Soul Collection: Knock on Wood/It's in His Kiss 2005
Various Artists
Essential Gold 3:03
Easyacoustic 2005
Various Artists
Easy Records / Union Square Music 3:02
Gold 2005 Hip-O 2:42
The Very Best of Sixties Soul 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:09
Oldies Forever 2005
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:38
Natural High: All Time Greatest Slow Jams, Vol. 1 2006
Various Artists
American Beat Records 2:42
Unforgettable Love Songs [Fuel 2000] 2006
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 2:40
Sound of Summer [United Multi License] 2006
Various Artists
United Audio Entertainment / United Multi License 2:39
This Is R&B [Cleopatra] 2006
Various Artists
Cleopatra / Goldenlane 3:03
The Best of R&B [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 3:03
Peter Young's Soul Cellar, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Metro Doubles 3:02
13 R&B #1 Hits, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
United Multi License 3:03
Love Songs: The Solid Gold Collection 2006
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:06
Singles Collection Plus 1969-1977 2007 Acrobat Music 3:08
Summer of Love: Gold 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:42
The Anthology 2007 Cleopatra 3:04
The Story of Black History 2008
Various Artists
Q. 3:09
Gold 2008 Hip-O 2:41
Christmas & Hits Duos 2008 Hip-O / Universal 2:39
Legendary Love 2008
Various Artists
MP Records 2:57
Cracking the Cosimo Code: 60s New Orleans R&B and Soul 2014
Various Artists
Ace 2:42
Back to the River: More Southern Soul Stories 1961-1978 2015
Various Artists
Ace / Kent Soul 2:42
Good Morning, Vietnam
Various Artists
Disky
Grace & Frankie
Original Soundtrack
Lakeshore Records 2:41
Legacy: A History of the Nevilles Charly Records / Koch 0:00
Soul of New Orleans
Various Artists
Charly Records
Soul of the '60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:41
No Image
Various Artists
Audio Fidelity
No Image
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment
The Walrus of Love Weton-Wesgram 3:06
Time Life Presents: Greatest Love Songs of the 60's [5 Discs]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:41