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Denver Colorado<br />
USA<br />
1983<br />
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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. <br />
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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.<br />
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Mink DeVille was a house band at CBGB, the historic New York City nightclub where punk rock was born in the mid-1970s.