The Meters performing in 2011
Modeliste in 2010
Toussaint at the Freret Street Festival,
New Orleans, 2009
Toussaint performing in Stockholm in 2009
Allen Toussaint receiving the National Medal of Arts in 2013

The Meters are an American funk band formed in 1965 in New Orleans by Zigaboo Modeliste (drums), George Porter Jr. (bass), Leo Nocentelli (guitar) and Art Neville (keyboards).

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Joseph "Ziggy" Modeliste (born December 28, 1948), also known as Zigaboo, is an American drummer best known as a founding member of the funk band the Meters.

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The band performed and recorded their own music from the late 1960s until 1977 and played an influential role as backing musicians for other artists, including Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer, Dr. John, and Allen Toussaint.

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The band was eventually signed to Allen Toussaint's record label Sansu Enterprises and served as the label's studio band.

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The core players of the rhythm section used on many of the Sansu recordings from the mid- to late 1960s, Art Neville and the Sounds, consisted of Art Neville on keyboards, Leo Nocentelli on guitar, George Porter Jr on bass, and Zigaboo Modeliste on drums.

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They later became known as The Meters.

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The Meters performing in 2011

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Porter Jr. performing in 2004
Porter performs at Bimbo's 365 Club, San Francisco, May 2011

George Porter Jr. (born December 26, 1947) is an American musician, best known as the bassist and singer of The Meters.

He grew up in New Orleans next to future Meters bandmate, Joe "Zigaboo" Modeliste, and the two became friends when George was 10 years old.

After a short time, however, the band was trimmed down to four core members - Art Neville, Zigaboo Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli and Porter Jr. The four were playing six nights a week at a Bourbon Street bar called Ivanhoe when they were approached by Allen Toussaint and asked if they wanted to sign a record deal.