Leo Nocentelli

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Leo Nocentelli
Nocentelli performing in 2006
Background information
Born (1946-06-15) June 15, 1946 (age 69)[1]
New Orleans, Louisiana
Genres Funk, R&B, soul
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active Late 1950s–present
Associated acts The Meters, Neville Sounds, The Funky Meters, The Meter Men
Website nocentelli.com

Leo Nocentelli (born June 15, 1946) is an American musician and songwriter best known as the lead guitarist of the funk band The Meters.


Nocentelli grew up in the Irish Channel neighborhood of New Orleans. He played ukulele at an early age and started on guitar at age twelve. By age fourteen he was backing notable musicians such as Otis Redding and Clyde McPhatter.[2]

Nocentelli is a founding member of The Meters and has been credited for popular funk songs such as "Cissy Strut", "People Say" and "Hey Pocky Way". He plays a semi-hollowbody guitar such as a Gibson ES-335 or a Fender Starcaster.[3][4]


Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Jason Berry; Jonathan Foose; Tad Jones (1992). Up from the Cradle of Jazz. Da Capo Press. p. 195. ISBN 9780306804939. Retrieved November 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ Rick Koster (2002). Louisiana Music: A Journey from R&B to Zydeco, Jazz to Country, Blues to Gospel... Da Capo Press. p. 103. ISBN 9780786752560. Retrieved November 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Allmusic: Leo Nocentelli – biography". Allmusic.com. Archived from the original on November 1, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015. 
  4. ^ John Heidt (September 2002). "Leo Nocentelli – A Meter Keeps Running". Vintage Guitar (magazine). Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015. 

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