Rocker Willy DeVille died in 2009 at age 58 from pancreatitis and other health problems resulting from his hard-partying lifestyle. This issue of Creem shows a picture of DeVille driving a car with what looks to be mink on the dashboard.[3]. he said. There can't be anything cooler than a fur-lined Cadillac can there? The album is often cited as the band's best out of the six studio albums. They didn't understand the record, but they understood it in Europe. His other albums include the soulful "Coupe de Grace" and "Where Angels Fear to Tread." As well, musicians who played in The Mink DeVille Band sometimes played on Mink DeVille and Willy DeVille albums. It was nuts! Europe had not had MTV at that point and they were very open to different music. Capitol Records released Le Chat Bleu in Europe in 1980, but believed that American audiences would not warm to a record featuring accordions and strings. DeVille recorded two albums for Atlantic, 1981's Coup de Grâce (produced by Jack Nitzsche) and 1983's Where Angels Fear to Tread. "We were Billy de Sade and the Marquis then. Except for frontman Willy DeVille, the original members of the band played only on the first two albums (Cabretta and Return to Magenta). He was 58. "[31] However, David Wild of Rolling Stone praised Sportin' Life, calling it "[t]he most modern, polished sound of (Willy DeVille's) career." "[10], Mink DeVille's last album, Sportin' Life, was recorded for Polydor in 1985. Its featured song, "Spanish Stroll," was a Top 20 hit in Britain. And yeah, I had drug problems. Tracklist . Nitzsche would, in alternation with Steve Douglas, produce the first four Mink DeVille albums. 4.0 out of 5 stars 22 tracks covering the great singer's capitol years. It was clear that Willy had realized his fantasy of a new, completely contemporary Brill Building record. In an impressionistic sort of way. [18] Associated Press DeVille Little Miss Tragedy is so misunderstood She can hear you sniff a whip of a bad drugs a hundred yards away EMAIL ME. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. For this album, DeVille wrote several songs with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Doc Pomus. Slow Drain Lyrics. Mink DeVille played its last concert on February 20, 1986 in New York City.[33]. "[5] Another story about the Mink DeVille name says that it originated with Fast Floyd, who owned an old Cadillac with a cracked dashboard. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. "[5], Mr. DeVille's career never quite took off, despite the impressive breadth and depth of his talent. [16], Cabretta, a multifaceted album of soul, R&B, rock, and blues recordings, is generally regarded as one of the best debut albums by a new band of the mid-1970s. 185. 'I tried to get him for years.' I didn't even know who Nitzsche was. "It says something about the state of the American record business—something pathetic and depressing—that Willy DeVille's finest album fell on deaf ears at Capitol," wrote Kurt Loder of Rolling Stone. Willy DeVille (born William Paul Borsey Jr. in Stamford, Connecticut, on August 25, 1950; died in New York City on August 6, 2009) was an American singer and songwriter of Basque, Pequot, and Irish descent. FACEBOOK I walked in (to CBGB) and I saw Hilly (Hilly Kristal) standing there. "Throughout his career, his musical gumbo was always layered with his deliciously gravelly soul-drenched vocals," Kaye said. Buckwheat performs with his backup singers, Da Dupreems. The only stuff we were doing that people had heard was 'Please, Please, Please' by James Brown. Album Le Chat Bleu. "[10] In 2007, Willy DeVille said about the bands that played CBGBs, "We were all labeled as part of this American punk thing but I really didn't see any of us having much in common. [18] Steve Douglas played saxophone, and the Immortals, a cappella singers whom Willy DeVille discovered at a reggae concert at Max's Kansas City, sang background vocals. These members of different Mink DeVille Bands played with Willy DeVille for ten years or more: This quote comes from the back cover of Mink DeVille's 1978 album. This guy's got taste! Said Willy DeVille, "You listen to that music and you hear those really high strings, and that percussion, and the castanets; that's all Jack's (Jack Nitzsche's) work. blurted out Toots, Willie's omnipresent, black-bouffanted old lady, whose quiet intensity is not unlike his own." [4] In 1975, CBGB was the epicenter of punk rock and what would later be called new wave, but Mink DeVille didn't necessarily fit in the scene. 20 on the UK Singles Chart; it was to be DeVille's only record ever to chart in the UK. Nitzsche produced and arranged the first two Mink DeVille records for Capitol -- Cabretta (1977) and Return to Magenta (1978). A Pompadour jutted out above his forehead like the lacquered hull of a submarine. As recorded by Mink Deville, album 'Late Night Tales: Fatboy Slim'. These producers were a natural fit for Mink DeVille, whose members' tastes ran to the Ronettes, the Crystals and other 1960s-era New York City bands with their Brill Building sound. He bought me a beer and it got around to 'Would you like to come back?' "I convinced the guys that I could get them work, and we climbed in the van and drove back the other way. [6] According to a 1977 article in Creem, DeVille's wife Toots Deville suggested the name: "...the band looked like it might have been going nowhere, in reverse. Tu sabes que te quiero, pero ti me quitas todo"), adding a Latin flavor to the album. "Onstage, Willy's band, Mink DeVille, had nothing in common with the new wave CBGB bands that the press had lumped them with," wrote Alex Halberstadt. During his thirty-five year career, first with his band Mink DeVille (1974–1986) and later… read more You've got to be kidding! The skits for this episode are as follows: Before the show, the cast compares host Robert Urich with Burt Reynolds. This one guy—Jesus Satin he called himself—he'd dance on the pool table. The show was the most soulful Doc had seen in ages. Cigarette smoke wafted into the shaft of light from offstage while the sax player blew Earle Hagen's "Harlem Nocturne". Fast Floyd, later of Fast Floyd and the Famous Firebirds) formed a band called Billy de Sade and the Marquis. The band recorded six albums in the years 1977 to 1985. Born in Stamford, Conn., he is survived by his wife, Nina, and a son, Sean Borsey. Willy DeVille (born William Paul Borsey Jr., August 25, 1950 – August 6, 2009) was an American singer and songwriter.During his thirty-five-year career, first with his band Mink DeVille (1974–1986) and later on his own, Deville created original songs rooted in traditional American musical styles. We played the Barracks. Bass player Bob Curiano, Drummer Shawn Murray for example, backed up Willy DeVille in his 1984 and 2007 European tours. "We were playing the leather bars down on Folsom Street," Willy DeVille recalled. I figured that since playing music with people I was friends with didn't seem to work out, I would hire some mercenaries, some cats who just wanted to play and get paid. DeVille may have been referring to these psychedelic bands: "Mink DeVille: Smooth Running Caddy – The Tale of The Mink", "Mink Deville: Spanish stroll - Positieverloop in de Nederlandse Top 40", "Rolling Stone's 1980 Rock & Roll Awards – Critic's Poll", "Pop Jazz; Willy DeVille and the Mink in Weekend at the Savoy", "Willy DeVille, RIP: Remembering an American Original",, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Guitar: Ricky Borgia, Freddy Koëlla (also plays, Background vocals: Billy Valentine, John Valentine, Dorene Wise, Yadonna Wise, This page was last edited on 15 December 2020, at 01:44. Youtube; Slow Drain Mink DeVille. Then one of the guys said how about Mink DeVille? Thinking they'd signed a new wave band, Capitol didn't know what to do with Willy's rock and roll chanson and shelved it for a year. Wrote critic Thom Jurek about these albums: (Both) are truly solid albums—despite lukewarm reviews at the time—showcasing much of Willy's theatrical personality and his own desire to provide for the elements of fantasy in rock music that the early rockers and doo-woppers did in the 1950s and 1960s (and that Piaf and Brel did in France). Said DeVille, "We were sitting around talking of names, and some of them were really rude, and I was saying, guys we can't do that. Critic Robert Palmer wrote, "Mr. DeVille is a magnetic performer, but his macho stage presence camouflages an acute musical intelligence; his songs and arrangements are rich in ethnic rhythms and blues echoes, the most disparate stylistic references, yet they flow seamlessly and hang together solidly. Guitarist Louis X. Erlanger had become acquainted with Pomus while frequenting New York City's blues clubs and had urged Pomus to check out the group. TWITTER 11:50 AM PDT 8/7/2009 He added, "Pushed to center stage, DeVille delivers, singing with more passion and more personality than ever before. I still feel guilty about it, but we were just a good bar band. Nitzsche did all the Phil Spector stuff that we grew up with and loved. "We auditioned along with hundreds of others, but they liked us and took us on. These five guys ... were obviously part of the new energy, but I also felt immediately reconnected to all the rock & roll I loved best: the bluesy early Stones, Van Morrison ..., the subway scenarios of The Velvet Underground, Dylan's folk-rock inflections, the heartbreak of Little Willie John, and a thousand scratchy old flea market 45s. DeVille sounded like he couldn't quite decide whether to serenade you or pull a knife on you. Mink DeVille / Willy DeVille ‎– Greatest Hits Label: EMI ‎– 7243 8 38030 2 6 Format: CD, Compilation Country: Europe Released: 1996 Genre: Rock. Genres: Pop Rock, Pub Rock, Rock. And he has expanded the scope of his music by adding elements of French cafe songs and Louisiana zydeco to the mixture of rock, blues, Latin and Brill Building soul that was already there. Mink Pie ... hmmmm. Here he took his band in a new direction and recorded an entirely original album called Le Chat Bleu. The album was recorded at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, and DeVille and Duncan Cameron producing. Because you never treated me right. "We went against strings on the first album—decided it should be outright, raw, and rude. Some musicians who backed up Willy DeVille in The Mink DeVille Band played and toured with him for decades. Elvis Presley's rhythm section, Ron Tutt and Jerry Scheff, want to play with me. From his legendary years fronting Mink DeVille to his critically-acclaimed solo career, Willy has been adding his own unique voice to the larger musical conversation for over three decades. I didn't get Jack Nitzsche. He has the songs, he has the voice, and he has the band. That's pretty cool! "[1], Mink DeVille was formed in 1974 when singer Willy DeVille (then called Billy Borsay) met drummer Thomas R. "Manfred" Allen, Jr. and bassist Rubén Sigüenza in San Francisco. In 1976, three Mink DeVille songs appeared on Live at CBGB's, a compilation album of bands that played CBGB (for the recording sessions, drummer Thomas R. "Manfred" Allen, Jr. was credited as Manfred Jones). I'm in the book," Doc hollered before rolling away (in his wheelchair). The voice of Willy DeVille did. Welcome to the official website of singer/songwriter Willy DeVille. Punk singer-songwriter had pancreatic cancer NEW YORK -- Willy DeVille, who founded the punk group Mink DeVille and was known for his blend of … From 1975 to 1977, Mink DeVille was one of the original house bands at CBGB, the New York City nightclub where punk rock music was born in the mid 1970s. | EU Privacy Preferences. Said DeVille, "I met Manfred at a party; he'd been playing with John Lee Hooker and a lot of blues people around San Francisco. But where Patti Smith was being produced by John Cale, Willy DeVille was hanging out with Doc Pomus and Jack Nitzsche -- both of whom he wrote with. Wrote Alex Halberstadt, Pomus's biographer: One night Doc's pub crawl took him to The Bottom Line just a block east of Washington Square Park (in New York City). [25], "Willy had found a more appreciative reception at Atlantic Records, where head man Ahmet Ertegun signed him to a fat new recording deal and promised to personally shepherd his career ...", reported Rolling Stone in 1980. The group was a showcase for frontman Willy DeVille (born William… This song was chosen as the album's lead single and reached No. And those guys turned out to be more devoted to the music than any band I ever had. I've never walked through those doors other than to have maybe a beer once. Two days later the elusive producer was sitting in my office. Songwriting with Doc Pomus. Wow! [4] He told Music Street Journal: "The whole band only got $50 dollars a night, even to the end. by I ended up on Bowery down there and I thought, 'Let's see what's going on here.' Bekijk meer ideeën over Muziek, Muzikanten, Zangers. "[10] DeVille said about his years with Atlantic Records, "Ahmet Ertegun and I got along, but we never got anything done. [2] On the catchy "Spanish Stroll", bassist Rubén Sigüenza spoke words in Spanish during the break ("Hey Rosita! "[2] On Return to Magenta, Willy DeVille and producers Nitzsche and Steve Douglas employed lavish string arrangements on several songs. Comment Report abuse. But if you are Mink DeVille fan you might love it. To cover the cracks, Fast Floyd glued an old mink coat he had purchased at a thrift store to the dashboard. The sad truth is that it took one phone call, and even that was sheer luck—or maybe divine providence. "[11] "Every f----n' art student that plays out of tune gets a record deal," he said dismissively in 1981, when asked about the punk scene. They're professional, precise, but they're full of fire, too.[28]. The host for the episode is Robert Urich, and the musical guest is Mink DeVille. "[4] Guitarist Fast Floyd and keyboard player Ritch Colbert arrived in New York City several months later. Directed by Dave Wilson. "[2] Willy DeVille occasionally sat in with the band Lazy Ace, which included Allen Jr. on drums and Ritch Colbert on piano. Wrote Daily Telegraph critic Neil McCormick: DeVille and his band reached deep into blues and soul, the classic romantic pop of Ben E. King and The Drifters, with a side order of Spanish spices and New Orleans Zydeco swing. [12], However, Mink DeVille had in common with the CBGB bands an aversion to the hippy aesthetic (what Willy DeVille called "electric this and strawberry that"[4][13]); moreover, the band brought an eclectic New York sensibility to its music that the other bands didn't have and that New York City rock fans recognized and appreciated. One person found this helpful. Crazy! I said, 'No Hilly and you know why? | Do Not Sell My Personal Information We were the five big draws. Privacy Policy | "[4] DeVille also remarked about the name, "What could be more pimp than a mink Cadillac? We were buddies to the end. Willy pulled out his record collection, he started playing things, that was it. Dr. John played keyboards and, once again, Douglas played saxophone. Explained Kenny Margolis, who played piano and accordion in DeVille's early 1980s bands, "I don't think the American public had a chance to experience him because in America at that time you had MTV telling you what to like. Mink DeVille, for which DeVille was the principal songwriter, was billed as one of the most original groups on the New York punk scene after an appearance at the legendary CBGB club in Greenwich Village in the 1970s. He spent much of his solo career playing in New York, New Orleans, and Europe, where he was incredibly popular. He was the guy who was responsible for being the visionary who saw that we were different than they were and that we could probably have a career playing music. I met Rubén at a basement jam in San Francisco, and he liked everything I liked from The Drifters to, uh, Fritz Lang. I thought, 'Holy shit! They released it immediately in Europe and everybody loved it. Listen to music from Mink DeVille. That's all we were. They favoured castanets over tom-toms, and accordion over distorted guitars, and Willy delivered his vocals with a sweet, tuneful flexibility that brought out the emotional resonance beneath his nasal sneer. [10], Mink DeVille recorded their debut album Cabretta (entitled Mink DeVille in the U.S.), produced by Jack Nitzsche, in January 1977. After a while they would take their clothes off. Mink DeVille toured the United States in 1978 with Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe. I was down in New Orleans and I came up here, kind of going down Memory Lane so to speak. The original Mink Deville band was broken up by Willy DeVille after the first two albums, and from 1980's "Le Chat Bleu" recorded in Paris, he would hand-pick musicians for recording and touring under the band name. © 2020 The Hollywood Reporter, LLC.

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