Buckwheat performs with his backup singers, Da Dupreems. We were buddies to the end. 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. 8, A Jepp® Production Vol. Not to mention Jean-Claude doing the strings. Mink ... MINK DE VILLE!' [27], I had band problems, manager problems, record company problems. I walked in (to CBGB) and I saw Hilly (Hilly Kristal) standing there. I had a big straw hat on, silk suit. He embodies (New York's) tangle of cultural contradictions while making music that's both idiomatic, in the broadest sense, and utterly original."[14]. He is recording a new album for Atlantic records, having departed from his previous recording commitment under less than amicable circumstances. [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. "You mean the guy who wrote 'Save the Last Dance for Me'?" 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. And that was the whole of it, plain and simple. DeVille Little Miss Tragedy is so misunderstood She can hear you sniff a whip of a bad drugs a hundred yards away This one guy—Jesus Satin he called himself—he'd dance on the pool table. '"[17] Wrote Ben Edmonds, who paired Nitzsche with Mink DeVille: It has always been assumed that our pairing was based on his (Nitzsche's) Spector accomplishments, but to me that was secondary. | California Privacy Rights "Those boys went through the wars with me, the $50 a night bars, and I had to turn on them and lop their heads off and say, 'I love you man, but that's the way it's gotta be.' The host for the episode is Robert Urich, and the musical guest is Mink DeVille. "[4] DeVille also remarked about the name, "What could be more pimp than a mink Cadillac? I thought, 'Holy shit! Live At The Savoy - 1986 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Willy-DeVille-Videos/128087130584600 http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_131791920211690 "The rock world has lost another one of its influential pioneers," Kaye said. They had him. I met Rubén at a basement jam in San Francisco, and he liked everything I liked from The Drifters to, uh, Fritz Lang. We played for three years ... [D]uring that time we didn't get paid more than fifty bucks a night", DeVille said. [10], Mink DeVille recorded their debut album Cabretta (entitled Mink DeVille in the U.S.), produced by Jack Nitzsche, in January 1977. Mink DeVille (1974–86) was a rock band known for its association with early punk rock bands at New York's CBGB nightclub and for being a showcase for the music of Willy DeVille. Collected is a compilation of Willy DeVille’s tenure as the charismatic frontman of Mink DeVille, and of his later solo work. 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. Tracklist . He bought me a beer and it got around to 'Would you like to come back?' It was nuts! Except for frontman Willy DeVille, the original members of the band played only on the first two albums (Cabretta and Return to Magenta). Nitzsche did all the Phil Spector stuff that we grew up with and loved. The band with me was a dream come true. [19] The song went to No. Bass player Bob Curiano, Drummer Shawn Murray for example, backed up Willy DeVille in his 1984 and 2007 European tours. It was followed by the album "Return to Magenta. blurted out Toots, Willie's omnipresent, black-bouffanted old lady, whose quiet intensity is not unlike his own." 11:50 AM PDT 8/7/2009 The tightest black suit clung to his thin frame; he wore a purple shirt, a narrow black tie and shoes with six-inch points. I've got Phil Spector's horn player, Steve Douglas (who also served as producer), on tenor and baritone. 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. [20] Cabretta was elected number 57 in the Village Voice's 1977 end-of-the-year Pazz & Jop critics poll.[21]. I've never walked through those doors other than to have maybe a beer once. by [18] "I convinced the guys that I could get them work, and we climbed in the van and drove back the other way. How can I go wrong?"[22]. I called him my mentor and my tormentor. 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). 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. During his thirty-five year career, first with his band Mink DeVille (1974–1986) and later… read more Finally I got a new recording contract, with Atlantic, and a new manager. Album Cabretta. On playbills and on live albums such as Willy DeVille Live (1993) and Acoustic Trio Live in Berlin (2003), Willy DeVille's backup band was sometimes called The Mink DeVille Band, an allusion to the earlier Mink DeVille. I said, 'No Hilly and you know why? For this album, DeVille wrote several songs with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Doc Pomus. Cigarette smoke wafted into the shaft of light from offstage while the sax player blew Earle Hagen's "Harlem Nocturne". "We were playing the leather bars down on Folsom Street," Willy DeVille recalled. "[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. 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. With his pedantically trimmed pencil mustache he looked like a cross between a bullfighter and a Puerto Rican pimp. Fast Floyd was replaced by Louis X. Erlanger, who had played with John Lee Hooker and brought a deeper blues sensibility to the band; Colbert left the band and returned to California in 1977 and was replaced by Bobby Leonards (formerly of Tiffany Shade). "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. Wrote Edmonds: When Mink DeVille took the stage (at CBGB) and tore into "Let Me Dream if I Want To" followed by another scorcher called "She's So Tough," they had me. 26-apr-2016 - Bekijk het bord "Willy DeVille - Mink DeVille" van Gerd Quirijnen op Pinterest. Sitemap | [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. Recorded in Paris and influenced by his admiration for siren Edith Piaf, the album featured "This Must Be the Night" and "Just to Walk That Little Girl Home.". Mink DeVille Biography by Jason Ankeny + Follow Artist. Willy DeVille, a singer and songwriter and the leader of the group Mink DeVille, whose adventurous forays into rhythm and blues, Cajun music and … Elliott Murphy later asked me incredulously. And the harsh reality in his voice and phrasing is yesterday, today, and tomorrow — timeless in the same way that loneliness, no money, and troubles find each other and never quit for a minute. "We auditioned along with hundreds of others, but they liked us and took us on. In the beginning I saw Mink DeVille as a hard-edged rock and roll band, and I wanted the Nitzsche who'd produced "Memo from Turner" (off the Performance soundtrack) and the great first Crazy Horse album ... 'How did you ever get Jack Nitzsche?' [23] Said percussionist Boris Kinberg, "Capitol in the U.S. didn't know what to do with it because they perceived Willy as this punk rocker from CBGBs and he came back from Paris with a very different kind of record. EMAIL ME. He was 58. DeVille also spent time in New Orleans and recorded his "Victory Mixture" album with Dr. John, Eddie Bo, Allen Toussaint and others. Welcome to the official website of singer/songwriter Willy DeVille. But if you are Mink DeVille fan you might love it. Album Le Chat Bleu. In 1985, "Sportin' Life" featured the European hit song "Italian Shoes.". "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. "[5], Mr. DeVille's career never quite took off, despite the impressive breadth and depth of his talent. The song "Italian Shoes" was a hit in some European countries,[30] but some critics thought the album was overproduced. "[10], Mink DeVille's last album, Sportin' Life, was recorded for Polydor in 1985. The only stuff we were doing that people had heard was 'Please, Please, Please' by James Brown. "[32], After Sportin' Life, DeVille dropped the "Mink" moniker and began recording under his own name. Punk singer-songwriter had pancreatic cancer NEW YORK -- Willy DeVille, who founded the punk group Mink DeVille and was known for his blend of … A Pompadour jutted out above his forehead like the lacquered hull of a submarine. Two days later the elusive producer was sitting in my office. [29], The albums Mink DeVille recorded for Atlantic sold well in Europe but not in the United States. "[10] DeVille said about his years with Atlantic Records, "Ahmet Ertegun and I got along, but we never got anything done. 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. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. [9], Said DeVille, "We were doing Little Walter stuff, we were doing Elmore James stuff. He spent much of his solo career playing in New York, New Orleans, and Europe, where he was incredibly popular. Nitzsche produced and arranged the first two Mink DeVille records for Capitol -- Cabretta (1977) and Return to Magenta (1978). All that really cool stuff".[4]. DeVille recorded two albums for Atlantic, 1981's Coup de Grâce (produced by Jack Nitzsche) and 1983's Where Angels Fear to Tread. Comment Report abuse. he said. Dr. John played keyboards and, once again, Douglas played saxophone. Donde vas con mi carro Rosita? Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. 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. I can put you in touch with him.' That's all we were. He did not play any benefit concerts or recordings for the nightclub. "[31] However, David Wild of Rolling Stone praised Sportin' Life, calling it "[t]he most modern, polished sound of (Willy DeVille's) career." Both men, members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had apprenticed under Phil Spector and helped shape the Wall of Sound production technique. 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. [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. Privacy Policy | Directed by Dave Wilson. [2] On the catchy "Spanish Stroll", bassist Rubén Sigüenza spoke words in Spanish during the break ("Hey Rosita! I have seen Mink DeVille several times and was disappointed in this CD Read more. 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. You never were fair to me.'"[15]. There can't be anything cooler than a fur-lined Cadillac can there? 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. Although a product of the New York punk scene, at heart Mink DeVille were a soul band with roots in R&B, the blues, and even Cajun music. 20 on the UK Singles Chart; it was to be DeVille's only record ever to chart in the UK. "[3], In 1975, the band changed its name to Mink DeVille; lead singer Billy Borsay took the name Willy DeVille. With Robert Urich, Robin Duke, Christine Ebersole, Mary Gross. Mink DeVille (1974–86) was a rock band known for its association with early punk rock bands at New York's CBGB nightclub and for being a showcase for the music of Willy DeVille.The band recorded six albums in the years 1977 to 1985. As well, musicians who played in The Mink DeVille Band sometimes played on Mink DeVille and Willy DeVille albums. "Unlike Television, The Ramones, or Blondie, at heart Mink DeVille was an R&B band, and Willy an old-fashioned soul singer ..."[7] Wrote Mark Keresman, "Mink DeVille's earthy, streamlined sound, rejecting the mainstream high-gloss that ruined much of 1970s rock, was accepted by the same folks who'd go to see Blondie, The Shirts, and Television."[8]. "[10] After Le Chat Bleu sold impressively in America as an import, Capitol finally released it in the United States. 4.0 out of 5 stars 22 tracks covering the great singer's capitol years. We just fell in love with each other. [7], The Rolling Stone Critic's Poll ranked Le Chat Bleu the fifth best album of 1980,[24] and music historian Glenn A. Baker declared it the tenth best rock album of all time. When Lazy Ace broke up, DeVille, Allen Jr., Colbert, Rubén Sigüenza, and guitarist Robert McKenzie (a.k.a. Plus they seemed to contain all the flavors of their New York neighborhood, from Spanish accents to reggae spice. I didn't get Jack Nitzsche. 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. 'No, it's gotta be something slick—something sorta French, somethin' sorta black ... poetry. 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. Listen to music from Mink DeVille. Except for frontman Willy DeVille, the original members of the band played only on the first two albums (Cabretta and Return to Magenta). Link: https://youtu.be/N5LveBIjg3o. TWITTER Mink DeVille played its last concert on February 20, 1986 in New York City.[33]. He has the songs, he has the voice, and he has the band. He borrowed much of his phrasing from Ben E. King and couldn't believe it when someone told him that Doc Pomus wanted to meet him after the show. His "Storybook Love," featured in the 1987 movie "The Princess Bride," was nominated for an Academy Award. © 2020 The Hollywood Reporter, LLC. "We were Billy de Sade and the Marquis then. AdChoices We played the Barracks. Onstage, Willy's band, Mink DeVille, had nothing in common with the new wave CBGB bands that the press had lumped them with. The group was a showcase for frontman Willy DeVille (born William… The exposure eventually led to a record contract. "Throughout his career, his musical gumbo was always layered with his deliciously gravelly soul-drenched vocals," Kaye said. In an impressionistic sort of way. Later in life, DeVille had only sour memories of CBGB. All rights reserved. The Oscar-nominated songwriter died at New York's Cabrini Hospital on Thursday of pancreatic cancer, said Carol Kaye at Kayos Productions. rootsrockreggaesoulmusichut. Elvis Presley's rhythm section, Ron Tutt and Jerry Scheff, want to play with me. Featuring “Spanish Stroll”, “Demasiado Corazon” & “Hey Joe”, this 2LP set includes a 4-page booklet with extensive liner notes written by ex-band members and DeVille’s inner circle. Then one of the guys said how about Mink DeVille? [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. I put on a live recording and after the first song, the band's version of Otis Redding's 'These Arms of Mine,' Nitzsche motioned for me to stop the tape. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame songwriter Doc Pomus said about the band, "Mink DeVille knows the truth of a city street and the courage in a ghetto love song. It was clear that Willy had realized his fantasy of a new, completely contemporary Brill Building record. One person found this helpful. [16], There was the Ramones, Patti Smith, Television, the Talking Heads, and us. The show was the most soulful Doc had seen in ages. To the symphonic sweetness of the Drifters he added his own Gallic romance and, in his vocal, a measure of punk rock's Bowery grit. Fast Floyd, later of Fast Floyd and the Famous Firebirds) formed a band called Billy de Sade and the Marquis. The sad truth is that it took one phone call, and even that was sheer luck—or maybe divine providence. In 1979, Willy DeVille's love of art and French culture led him to relocate to Paris for a short while. 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. AP And those guys turned out to be more devoted to the music than any band I ever had. Genres: Pop Rock, Pub Rock, Rock. Associated Press FACEBOOK Tu sabes que te quiero, pero ti me quitas todo"), adding a Latin flavor to the album. Mink DeVille / Willy DeVille ‎– Greatest Hits Label: EMI ‎– 7243 8 38030 2 6 Format: CD, Compilation Country: Europe Released: 1996 Genre: Rock. And on Friday night he was at the Savoy, where he demonstrated with an almost insolent ease that he is still ready for the recognition that should have been his several years ago. "[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. Bekijk meer ideeën over Muziek, Muzikanten, Zangers. 'When do we start?' They didn't understand the record, but they understood it in Europe. Springsteen sounded like he was your friend in desperate times. In 1977, the band recorded "Cabretta," a rock and roll/rhythm and blues album with renowned producer Jack Nitzsche. Spanish Stroll Lyrics. '"[26], By this time, no members of the original Mink DeVille save Willy DeVille remained in the band, but DeVille continued recording and touring under the name Mink DeVille. | EU Privacy Preferences. Because you never treated me right. 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. We used to do an Apollo thing. When it was finally released in 1980, Le Chat Bleu remixed by Joel Dorn, made nearly every critic's list of the year's best records. Mink DeVille toured the United States in 1978 with Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe. "According to Willy—never one to let false modesty intrude on a good story—the Atlantic Records chairman said, 'You got the look, the performance, the writing, you know exactly what to do. 185. After 1985, when Willy DeVille began recording and touring under his own name, his backup bands were sometimes called "The Mink DeVille Band," an allusion to the earlier Mink DeVille. 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. For the remaining albums and for tours, Willy DeVille assembled musicians to play under the name Mink DeVille. And then one night this blond-headed guy came in to CBGB, Ben Edmonds. They released it immediately in Europe and everybody loved it. Helpful. His other albums include the soulful "Coupe de Grace" and "Where Angels Fear to Tread." 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. I mentioned my mission while chatting with friend and Del Shannon manager Dan Bourgoise, who responded 'Jack? Songwriting with Doc Pomus. Both albums featured saxophonist Louis Cortelezzi and had a full-throated Jersey Shore sound that evoked Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny. The skits for this episode are as follows: Before the show, the cast compares host Robert Urich with Burt Reynolds. 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. "[2] On Return to Magenta, Willy DeVille and producers Nitzsche and Steve Douglas employed lavish string arrangements on several songs. That's why I never went back there. 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", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mink_DeVille&oldid=994308374, 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. Doc (Pomus) was elated when he heard it. Nitzsche would, in alternation with Steve Douglas, produce the first four Mink DeVille albums. This issue of Creem shows a picture of DeVille driving a car with what looks to be mink on the dashboard.[3]. As recorded by Mink Deville, album 'Late Night Tales: Fatboy Slim'. 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. I didn't even know who Nitzsche was. THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER is a registered trademark of The Hollywood Reporter, LLC. I was down in New Orleans and I came up here, kind of going down Memory Lane so to speak. He was like my crazy uncle. Find the latest tracks, albums, and images from Mink DeVille. To cover the cracks, Fast Floyd glued an old mink coat he had purchased at a thrift store to the dashboard. Born in Stamford, Conn., he is survived by his wife, Nina, and a son, Sean Borsey. 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). He was drawing on some of the same musical areas that Bruce Springsteen's epic rock dipped into, but Willy was an entirely different creature, a macho dandy in a pompadour and pencil mustache, with the dangerous air of a New York gangfighter and an underbelly vulnerability that came out through the romanticism of his music.