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Willy DeVille on his 2001 album Horse of a Different Color
Willy DeVille on his 2001 album Horse of a Different Color

Willy DeVille, singer and songwriter, was born William Borsay in Stamford, Connecticut on August 25, 1950. Critic Robert Palmer wrote about him in 1980, "Mr. DeVille is a magnetic performer, but his macho stage prescence 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 seamslessly and hang together solidly. He embodies (New York's) tangle of cultural contradictions while making music that's both idiomatic, in the broadest sense, and utterly original." [1] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 298 × 300 pixelsFull resolution (298 × 300 pixel, file size: 26 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Album cover for Willy DeVilles Horse of a Different Color (2001). ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 298 × 300 pixelsFull resolution (298 × 300 pixel, file size: 26 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Album cover for Willy DeVilles Horse of a Different Color (2001). ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Nickname: The City That Works Location in Connecticut Coordinates: NECTA Bridgeport-Stamford Region South Western Region Settled 1641 Incorporated (city) 1893 Consolidated 1949 Government Type Mayor-Board of representatives  - Mayor Dannel Malloy (Dem) Area    - City 134. ... August 25 is the 237th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (238th in leap years), with 128 days remaining. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... For information on the popular 20th century British vocalist by the same name, see Robert Palmer (British singer). ...



As a teenager, DeVille had a band named Billy and the Kids. He moved to London looking to form a band, but was unsuccessful finding like-minded musicians. Eventually, he landed in San Francisco, where he formed a band with bassist Rubén Sigüenza and drummer Tom "Manfred" Allen. The band played under the names Billy DeSade & the Marquis and the Lazy Eights before settling on the name Mink DeVille. Later, DeVille took the band to New York City, where they helped to pioneer punk rock music and were one of the original house bands at CBGB, the New York nighclub where punk rock music was born in the mid-1970s. This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... New York, NY redirects here. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... CBGB, also CBGBs or CBs is a legendary club in the Manhattan Bowery district of New York City, New York. ...

The typical DeVille song -- if any of his songs can be called "typical" -- is filled with romantic conviction and yearning. Latin rhythms, blues riffs, strains of country music, and echoes of early-1960s uptown soul can be heard in DeVille's work. "Spanish Stroll" was a hit in the U.S. and the UK in 1977; "Storybook Love" (nominated for an Academy Award in 1987) is the theme song of the movie The Princess Bride; DeVille's "Just to Walk that Little Girl Home" (co-authored with Doc Pomus) can be heard in the movie "The Pope of Greenwich Village"; and his "It's So Easy" can be heard in the movies "Cruising" and "Grindhouse: Death Proof". His song "Assassin of Love" was used in the British film version of Martin Amis' novel The Rachel Papers in 1989, which helped make him known in the UK. Latin American music, sometimes simply called Latin music, includes the music of many countries and comes in many varieties, from the simple, rural conjunto music of northern Mexico to the sophisticated habanera of Cuba, from the symphonies of Heitor Villa-Lobos to the simple and moving Andean flute. ... The blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that typically follows a twelve-bar structure. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The Princess Bride is a 1987 film, based on the 1973 novel The Princess Bride by William Goldman, combining comedy, adventure, romance and fantasy. ... Doc Pomus (January 27, 1925 - March 14, 1991) was an American blues singer and songwriter, active throughout the 20th century. ... The Pope of Greenwich Village is a 1984 film starring Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts. ... Cruising may mean: Cruising (maritime), leisurely travel by boat, yacht, or cruise ship. ... Exploitation films is a loosely defined term to describe a film genre that typically sacrifice the traditional notions of artistic merit for a more sensationalistic display, often featuring excessive sex, violence, and gore. ... Photo of Martin Amis by Robert Birnbaum Martin Amis (born August 25, 1949) is an English novelist. ...

Why DeVille isn't as popular as, for example, Bruce Springsteen, and why DeVille isn't as popular in America as Europe, will always be a mystery to his fans. DeVille suffered from drug addiction for many years, which stifled his career. Among musicians and songwriters, he is highly respected. Songwriter Doc Pomus said about Deville, "He knows the truth of a city street and the courage in a ghetto love song." Robert Palmer wrote, "Certainly his music had an authenticity, a kind of New York soul, that few of his fellow travelers on the punk-rock circuit even aspired to."[2] Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... This article is 150 kilobytes or more in size. ... A ghetto is an area where people from a specific racial or ethnic background and united in a given culture or religion live as a group, voluntarily or involuntarily, in milder or stricter seclusion. ...

DeVille has homes in New Orleans and Mississippi. New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


With Mink DeVille

  • Live at CBGB’s (Umfug) 1976
  • Mink Deville (in the U.S.) Cabretta (in Europe) (Capitol) 1977 (Era) 1993
  • Return to Magenta (Capitol) 1978 (Era) 1993
  • Le Chat Bleu (Capitol) 1980 (Era) 1993 (Aus. Raven) 2003
  • Coup de Grâce (Atlantic Records) 1981
  • Savoir Faire (Capitol) 1981
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread (Atlantic) 1983
  • Sportin' Life (Atlantic) 1985

Willy DeVille For other uses, see Capitol (disambiguation). ... Era may refer to: Era, a long period of history ERA Real Estate, also known as Electronic Realty Associates Inc. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ...

  • Victory Mixture (Orleans) 1990 (Blue Moon) 2003
  • Backstreets of Desire (UK EastWest) 1992 (Forward) 1994
  • Big Easy Fantasy (Fr. New Rose) 1995
  • Loup Garou (UK EastWest) 1995 (Discovery) 1996
  • Best Of (UK Wagram) 1996
  • Miracle (A&M) 1987 (Aus. Raven) 1997
  • Love & Emotion: The Atlantic Years (UK WEA) 1999
  • Horse of a Different Color (UK EastWest) 2001
  • Crow Jane Alley (Eagle) 2004

Acoustic Willy DeVille Trio The term Blue Moon has at least four related meanings. ... old logo current logo Eastwest Records was started in 1955 as a subsidiary label of Atlantic Records. ... The Battle of Wagram, around the isle of Lobau on the Danube and on the plain of the Marchfeld around the village of Wagram 15 km north east of Vienna, Austria, took place on July 5 and 6, 1809 and resulted in the decisive victory of French forces under Napoleon... Warner Music Group (WMG) is one of the four major record labels. ...

  • In Berlin (Eagle) 2003


  • The Berlin Concerts – EMS (2dvd special edition) 2002 [Disc one - Unplugged in Berlin Columbia Hall / Disc two - Live at The Metropol - Berlin]
  • Willy DeVille Live in the Lowlands (Eagle Vision) 2006


  1. ^ Palmer, Robert (September 18, 1980) "Pop: Willy DeVille Band." New York Times; p. C32.
  2. ^ Palmer, Robert (April 20, 1981) "Willie Deville and Band." New York Times.

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