An old friend and fellow musician informed me that one of our f
Mink DeVille’s founder and creative
kingpin Willy DeVille passed away from pancreatic cancer on Aug. 6. He was 58. With a flourish of Spanish strings and clattering
castanets, his band was often more reminiscent of West Side Story than
the New York City punk band moniker it received during the late
1970s and early 1980s. Over three decades, DeVille’s
distinctive voice and R&B sound evolved and refashioned with
influences ranging from The Drifters to Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed
while being delivered with an aristocracy accentuated by a villainous
pencil-thin moustache. Receiving more acclaim in Europe than in the
U.S., the band scored a minor hit with 1977’s “Spanish Stroll”
from their debut album Cabretta. In 1987, DeVille’s “Story Book
Love” from The Princess Bride earned an Academy Award nomination
for Best Original Song.
Watch Willie DeVille perform “Heaven Stood Still”:
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