Willy DeVille, founder of the punk band Mink DeVille and famous for his blend of Blues, Dixieland and French Cajun ballads, has died at the age of 58. Read more on Willy Deville’s death below.
The singer and songwriter died in New York at Cabrini Hospital Thursday of pancreatic cancer.
Mink DeVille was considered one of the most original bands on the New York punk scene after their appearance at the CBGB club in Greenwich Village in the 1970s.
Better known in Europe than in the United States, DeVille went solo in 1980 with “Le Chat Bleu.” 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.”
His “Storybook Love,” featured in the 1987 movie “The Princess Bride,” was nominated for an Academy Award.
DeVille also spent time in New Orleans and recorded his “Victory Mixture” album with Dr. John, Eddie Bo, Allen Toussaint and others.
Other albums included “Coupe de Grace” and “Where Angels Fear to Tread.” In 1985, “Sportin’ Life” featured the European hit song “Italian Shoes.”
Willy DeVille he is survived by his wife, Nina.
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