Willy DeVille

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Willy DeVille (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. He worked with collaborators from across the spectrum of contemporary music, including Jack Nitzsche, Doc Pomus, Dr. John, Mark Knopfler, Allen Toussaint, and Eddie Bo. 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. DeVille helped redefine the Brill Building sound. In 1987 his song "Storybook Love" was nominated for an Academy Award. After his move to New Orleans in 1988, he helped spark the roots revival of classic New Orleans R&B. His soulful lyrics and explorations in Latin rhythms and sounds helped define a new musical style sometimes called "Spanish-Americana".

DeVille died of pancreatic cancer on August 6, 2009 in a New York hospital. He was 58 years old. Although his commercial success waxed and waned over the years, his legacy as a songwriter has influenced many other musicians such as Mark Knopfler and Peter Wolf.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Miracle Willy DeVille 4
1990 Victory Mixture Willy DeVille 2
1992 Backstreets of Desire Willy DeVille 2
1995 Big Easy Fantasy Willy DeVille 1
1996 Loup Garou Willy DeVille 1
1999 Horse of a Different Color Willy DeVille 1
2004 Crow Jane Alley Willy DeVille 1
2008 Pistola Willy DeVille 1
2011 Unplugged in Berlin Willy DeVille 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Love & Emotion: The Atlantic Years Willy DeVille 1
2013 Crow Jane Alley / Pistola Willy DeVille 1
2015 Collected: 1976–2009 Willy DeVille & Mink DeVille 1
Best Of Willy DeVille 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 The Best of Willy Deville Live Willy DeVille 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Greatest Live Hits '76-'93 Willy DeVille 1
2001 Live Willy DeVille 1
2006 Live in the Lowlands Willy DeVille 1
2009 Live at Montreux 1994 Willy DeVille 1
2 Meter Sessies Willy DeVille 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Hey ! Joe Willy DeVille 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 I Call Your Name Willy DeVille 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Miracle Willy DeVille 1
Les Inoubliables de Willy Deville Willy DeVille 1

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