An old friend and fellow musician informed me that one of our fMink 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 Storyinfluences 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”:
YouTube: Willy DeVille - "Spanish Stroll"
Willy DeVille on MySpace
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