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The Meters nominated for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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New Orleans, La. -

An iconic New Orleans band known for creating funk is nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Meters, the creation of keyboard player and vocalist Art Neville in the 1960's, is on a list of hopefuls for the third time.

Bass player George Porter still clings to his New Orleans roots.  "I come in here and have breakfast a lot of the time," said Porter as he sat down for eggs at Anita's in Mid-City. "I grew up in this neighborhood."

The Meters' funky urban sound is born from the streets of the city. 

Guitarist Leo Nocentelli and drummer Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste round out the group, which meshed in 1966 and never looked back.

"The Meters are the progenitors of funk along with people like James Brown," said Jan Ramsey editor of OffBeat Magazine.  "There are bands now that would not exist without people like The Meters. I'm talking bands like Galactic and Widespread Panic."

Porter says a lot of the group's music is being heard through other jam groups and it's keeping the music alive.

This is the third time The Meters have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  "The way you get into the Hall of Fame is you're voted on by 600 members of the hall, but this year they've opened it up to a fan base," Ramsey said.

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