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Mink DeVille


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(1974 – 1986)

Mink DeVille (formed 1974; split 1986) was an American band that formed in San Francisco but is best known for its association with early punk bands at New York’s CBGB nightclub and also for being a showcase for the eclectic music of Willy DeVille. The band recorded six albums during the years 1977 to 1985, reaching their peak of mainstream success with their lively 1977 single “Spanish Stroll”.

Except for frontman Willy DeVille, the original members of the band played only on the first two albums (‘Cabretta’ and ‘Return to Magenta’). For the remaining albums and for tours, Willy DeVille assembled musicians to play under the name Mink DeVille. After 1985, when Willy DeVille began recording and touring under his own name (saying that he felt tired of being referred to as ‘Mink’ after performances), his backup bands were sometimes called ‘The Mink DeVille Band,’ an allusion to the earlier ‘Mink DeVille’ group.

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  • hjbardenhagen

    His two Rockpalast gigs in Cologne 1978 and Essen 1981 are streamable on Spotify now.

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • CyberMusicLover

    "When You Walk My Way" Great Song!!! All Willy/Mink DeVille Songs are awesome!!!

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TheDarkSide73

    He sounds like Lou Reed..RIP Mink

    8 Nov 2012 Reply
  • BJBooth

    I play lots of Willy's stuff whenever friends gather, always trying to get the word out. as much of a tragedy as no one I know knowing who Rory Gallagher is, how does that happen??? Play it forward...

    7 Nov 2012 Reply
  • peter1960a

    Spanish Stroll

    10 Nov 2011 Reply
  • elciorockers

    ninguem sabe ouvir outra musica ... apenas ouvi a Spanish Stroll kkk

    15 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Caligula138

    I like that hes not well known...

    28 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Phix_9

    every now and then i discover an artist who's music went unnoticed during and after his career and, well, i get really disappointed because most people will never know about him. but it never got this severe as with Willy and Mink. completely agree with TurtleSpartan's comment.

    9 Feb 2010 Reply
  • TurtleSpartan

    what a shit world we live in that this man goes unknown

    13 Oct 2009 Reply
  • sweetdy

    Mink DeVille is the shit

    14 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Igloonoka

    R.I.P. Willy

    13 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Hyperspeed

    heard it today.. too bad man.. I would have liked to see this old-timer do his thing ^_^ rest in peace

    27 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Plook

    We already miss you. RIP brother

    17 Aug 2009 Reply
  • frode1974

    RIP WIlly

    11 Aug 2009 Reply
  • burritodeluxe

    Teardrops must fall! Take care Willy boy

    11 Aug 2009 Reply
  • foxforce5

    RIP. And I agree with musrum.

    10 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Jowerkatz1

    R.I.P. Mr DeVille.

    10 Aug 2009 Reply
  • zoraxx

    R.I.P. Willy August 6, 2009........ His music and spirit will always be with us.

    9 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Gnikrwurbpls

    Bye Willy, see you later ... and thanks for the music!

    9 Aug 2009 Reply
  • twmia

    R.I.P. you are one fo the greatest

    9 Aug 2009 Reply
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