Anthony Suau © 1983
Willy DeVille (August 25, 1950 - August 6, 2009) was an American singer and songwriter. First with his band Mink DeVille (1974-1986) and later on his own, DeVille in his 35-year career created songs that are wholly original yet rooted in traditional American musical styles.
DeVille worked with collaborators from across the spectrum of contemporary music, including Jack Nitzsche, Doc Pomus, Dr. John, Mark Knopfler, Allen Toussaint, and Eddie Bo. The typical DeVille song--if any of his songs can be called "typical"--is filled with romantic conviction and yearning. Latin rhythms, blues riffs, doo-wop, Cajun music, strains of French cabaret, and echoes of early-1960s uptown soul can be heard in DeVille's work.
Mink DeVille was a house band at CBGB, the historic New York City nightclub where punk rock was born in the mid-1970s.