Donde vas con mi carro Rosita? 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. "[10], Mink DeVille's last album, Sportin' Life, was recorded for Polydor in 1985. I still feel guilty about it, but we were just a good bar band. He added, "Pushed to center stage, DeVille delivers, singing with more passion and more personality than ever before. 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. Youtube; Spanish Stroll Mink DeVille. DeVille also spent time in New Orleans and recorded his "Victory Mixture" album with Dr. John, Eddie Bo, Allen Toussaint and others. The host for the episode is Robert Urich, and the musical guest is Mink DeVille. I was down in New Orleans and I came up here, kind of going down Memory Lane so to speak. Nitzsche did all the Phil Spector stuff that we grew up with and loved. Stand By Me - L'Emission French TV.TV Appearances Vol. Find the latest tracks, albums, and images from Mink DeVille. For this album, DeVille penned two more songs with Doc Pomus ("Something Beautiful Dying" and "When You Walk My Way"). Finally I got a new recording contract, with Atlantic, and a new manager. The album is often cited as the band's best out of the six studio albums. I didn't get Jack Nitzsche. '"[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. I didn't even know who Nitzsche was. [18] Here he took his band in a new direction and recorded an entirely original album called Le Chat Bleu. "[5], Mr. DeVille's career never quite took off, despite the impressive breadth and depth of his talent. They released it immediately in Europe and everybody loved it. We played the Barracks. And those guys turned out to be more devoted to the music than any band I ever had. Mink DeVille Biography by Jason Ankeny + Follow Artist. | California Privacy Rights [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. '"[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. blurted out Toots, Willie's omnipresent, black-bouffanted old lady, whose quiet intensity is not unlike his own." The only stuff we were doing that people had heard was 'Please, Please, Please' by James Brown. © 2020 The Hollywood Reporter, LLC. 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. I cleaned up my act. 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. He has the songs, he has the voice, and he has the band. The album was recorded at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, and DeVille and Duncan Cameron producing. Onstage, Willy's band, Mink DeVille, had nothing in common with the new wave CBGB bands that the press had lumped them with. Genres: Pop Rock, Pub Rock, Rock. 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. Tu sabes que te quiero, pero ti me quitas todo"), adding a Latin flavor to the album. 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. "[2] On Return to Magenta, Willy DeVille and producers Nitzsche and Steve Douglas employed lavish string arrangements on several songs. Punk singer-songwriter had pancreatic cancer NEW YORK -- Willy DeVille, who founded the punk group Mink DeVille and was known for his blend of … This one guy—Jesus Satin he called himself—he'd dance on the pool table. Then one of the guys said how about Mink DeVille? TWITTER "Throughout his career, his musical gumbo was always layered with his deliciously gravelly soul-drenched vocals," Kaye said. 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. Crazy! "[31] However, David Wild of Rolling Stone praised Sportin' Life, calling it "[t]he most modern, polished sound of (Willy DeVille's) career." A punk is somebody who picks a fight with you and then never shows up. He was 58. His other albums include the soulful "Coupe de Grace" and "Where Angels Fear to Tread." Youtube; Slow Drain Mink DeVille. "We went against strings on the first album—decided it should be outright, raw, and rude. Mink DeVille discography and songs: Music profile for Mink DeVille, formed 1974. 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. rootsrockreggaesoulmusichut. All that really cool stuff".[4]. The sad truth is that it took one phone call, and even that was sheer luck—or maybe divine providence. It was followed by the album "Return to Magenta. With Robert Urich, Robin Duke, Christine Ebersole, Mary Gross. 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. 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. Bekijk meer ideeën over Muziek, Muzikanten, Zangers. [27], I had band problems, manager problems, record company problems. I walked in (to CBGB) and I saw Hilly (Hilly Kristal) standing there. This guy's got taste! Wrote Allmusic: "Its sound is steeped in mid-'80s studio gloss and compression that often overwhelms quality material. Comment Report abuse. 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. 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. A Pompadour jutted out above his forehead like the lacquered hull of a submarine. This issue of Creem shows a picture of DeVille driving a car with what looks to be mink on the dashboard.[3]. 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. 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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. It was nuts! Wrote Daily Telegraph critic Neil McCormick: DeVille and his band reached deep into blues and soul, the classic romantic pop of Ben E. King and The Drifters, with a side order of Spanish spices and New Orleans Zydeco swing. They didn't understand the record, but they understood it in Europe. "[4] DeVille also remarked about the name, "What could be more pimp than a mink Cadillac? Except for frontman Willy DeVille, the original members of the band played only on the first two albums (Cabretta and Return to Magenta). There can't be anything cooler than a fur-lined Cadillac can there? Said DeVille, "We were sitting around talking of names, and some of them were really rude, and I was saying, guys we can't do that. I've got Phil Spector's horn player, Steve Douglas (who also served as producer), on tenor and baritone. Elvis Presley's rhythm section, Ron Tutt and Jerry Scheff, want to play with me. Collected is a compilation of Willy DeVille’s tenure as the charismatic frontman of Mink DeVille, and of his later solo work. 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. "The rock world has lost another one of its influential pioneers," Kaye said. "[10] After Le Chat Bleu sold impressively in America as an import, Capitol finally released it in the United States. Album Cabretta. "[10] DeVille said about his years with Atlantic Records, "Ahmet Ertegun and I got along, but we never got anything done. Privacy Policy | Mink Pie ... hmmmm. Some musicians who backed up Willy DeVille in The Mink DeVille Band played and toured with him for decades. They captivate a listener in the same way a great period film would—they tell an epic story in a few minutes and capture all of its life and death drama. I'm in the book," Doc hollered before rolling away (in his wheelchair). DeVille strode out of the wings and snatched the mike. He embodies (New York's) tangle of cultural contradictions while making music that's both idiomatic, in the broadest sense, and utterly original."[14]. Helpful. Later in life, DeVille had only sour memories of CBGB. This song was chosen as the album's lead single and reached No. Mink DeVille played its last concert on February 20, 1986 in New York City.[33]. "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. [4] He told Music Street Journal: "The whole band only got $50 dollars a night, even to the end. I called him my mentor and my tormentor. Songwriting with Doc Pomus. Sitemap | 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). The show was the most soulful Doc had seen in ages. | Do Not Sell My Personal Information Fast Floyd, later of Fast Floyd and the Famous Firebirds) formed a band called Billy de Sade and the Marquis. One person found this helpful. And that was the whole of it, plain and simple. [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. The band recorded six albums in the years 1977 to 1985. 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. AdChoices I have seen Mink DeVille several times and was disappointed in this CD Read more. He was even more amazed when Doc asked whether he'd write with him. He spent much of his solo career playing in New York, New Orleans, and Europe, where he was incredibly popular. 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.". The tightest black suit clung to his thin frame; he wore a purple shirt, a narrow black tie and shoes with six-inch points. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Nitzsche produced and arranged the first two Mink DeVille records for Capitol -- Cabretta (1977) and Return to Magenta (1978). And then one night this blond-headed guy came in to CBGB, Ben Edmonds. They had him. In 1979, Willy DeVille's love of art and French culture led him to relocate to Paris for a short while. How can I go wrong?"[22]. 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. Said Willy DeVille, "You listen to that music and you hear those really high strings, and that percussion, and the castanets; that's all Jack's (Jack Nitzsche's) work. [16], There was the Ramones, Patti Smith, Television, the Talking Heads, and us. Wrote Alex Halberstadt, Pomus's biographer: One night Doc's pub crawl took him to The Bottom Line just a block east of Washington Square Park (in New York City). DeVille is scrambling on the other end of the phone to get settled. "[4] Guitarist Fast Floyd and keyboard player Ritch Colbert arrived in New York City several months later. I met Rubén at a basement jam in San Francisco, and he liked everything I liked from The Drifters to, uh, Fritz Lang. 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). | EU Privacy Preferences. DeVille Little Miss Tragedy is so misunderstood She can hear you sniff a whip of a bad drugs a hundred yards away I thought, 'Holy shit! [10], Mink DeVille recorded their debut album Cabretta (entitled Mink DeVille in the U.S.), produced by Jack Nitzsche, in January 1977. As well, musicians who played in The Mink DeVille Band sometimes played on Mink DeVille and Willy DeVille albums. Style: Blues Rock. Dr. John played keyboards and, once again, Douglas played saxophone. 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?' 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. What the wiry, dapper DeVille had that tied him to fellow CBGB resident bands like The Ramones, Television, Blondie and Talking Heads was an edge. I've never walked through those doors other than to have maybe a beer once. In 1985, "Sportin' Life" featured the European hit song "Italian Shoes.". Slow Drain Lyrics. We were buddies to the end. Plus they seemed to contain all the flavors of their New York neighborhood, from Spanish accents to reggae spice. I can put you in touch with him.' They're professional, precise, but they're full of fire, too.[28]. 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. The exposure eventually led to a record contract. FACEBOOK The group was a showcase for frontman Willy DeVille (born William… 20 on the UK Singles Chart; it was to be DeVille's only record ever to chart in the UK. [25], "Willy had found a more appreciative reception at Atlantic Records, where head man Ahmet Ertegun signed him to a fat new recording deal and promised to personally shepherd his career ...", reported Rolling Stone in 1980. 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. NEW YORK -- Willy DeVille, who founded the punk group Mink DeVille and was known for his blend of R&B, blues, Dixieland and traditional French Cajun ballads, has died, his publicist said Friday. "[3], In 1975, the band changed its name to Mink DeVille; lead singer Billy Borsay took the name Willy DeVille. The skits for this episode are as follows: Before the show, the cast compares host Robert Urich with Burt Reynolds. We played for three years ... [D]uring that time we didn't get paid more than fifty bucks a night", DeVille said. Directed by Dave Wilson. He was like my crazy uncle. Because you never treated me right. by 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. 185. "[5] Another story about the Mink DeVille name says that it originated with Fast Floyd, who owned an old Cadillac with a cracked dashboard. The band with me was a dream come true. "I convinced the guys that I could get them work, and we climbed in the van and drove back the other way. So maybe another name change would help—God knows the music was great. I had a big straw hat on, silk suit. After a while they would take their clothes off. In an impressionistic sort of way. Springsteen sounded like he was your friend in desperate times. 4.0 out of 5 stars 22 tracks covering the great singer's capitol years. Europe had not had MTV at that point and they were very open to different music. "[11] "Every f----n' art student that plays out of tune gets a record deal," he said dismissively in 1981, when asked about the punk scene. I ended up on Bowery down there and I thought, 'Let's see what's going on here.' That's why I never went back there. Except for frontman Willy DeVille, the original members of the band played only on the first two albums (Cabretta and Return to Magenta). The band's 1978 follow-up album Return to Magenta continued in the same vein as Cabretta, but with a twist. 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. "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.' For the remaining albums and for tours, Willy DeVille assembled musicians to play under the name Mink DeVille. [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. Willy DeVille, a singer and songwriter and the leader of the group Mink DeVille, whose adventurous forays into rhythm and blues, Cajun music and … Terms of Use | Listen to music from Mink DeVille. "[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. Live At The Savoy - 1986 http://www.facebook.com/pages/Willy-DeVille-Videos/128087130584600 http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_131791920211690 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. [19] The song went to No. Elliott Murphy later asked me incredulously. Albums include No Thanks! [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. "Look me up. Born in Stamford, Conn., he is survived by his wife, Nina, and a son, Sean Borsey. "We were playing the leather bars down on Folsom Street," Willy DeVille recalled. Tracklist . Welcome to the official website of singer/songwriter Willy DeVille. We used to do an Apollo thing. "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]. When Lazy Ace broke up, DeVille, Allen Jr., Colbert, Rubén Sigüenza, and guitarist Robert McKenzie (a.k.a. DeVille recorded two albums for Atlantic, 1981's Coup de Grâce (produced by Jack Nitzsche) and 1983's Where Angels Fear to Tread. "You mean the guy who wrote 'Save the Last Dance for Me'?" [9], Said DeVille, "We were doing Little Walter stuff, we were doing Elmore James stuff. 254. He sat at his usual table and watched an empty spotlight. 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. To cover the cracks, Fast Floyd glued an old mink coat he had purchased at a thrift store to the dashboard. 3 in the Netherlands. "We were Billy de Sade and the Marquis then. 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). Looking at music magazines in City Lights Bookstore, DeVille noticed a small ad in The Village Voice inviting bands to audition in New York City (his hometown was nearby Stamford, Connecticut). During his thirty-five year career, first with his band Mink DeVille (1974–1986) and later… read more The voice of Willy DeVille did. Nitzsche would, in alternation with Steve Douglas, produce the first four Mink DeVille albums. [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. "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. 26-apr-2016 - Bekijk het bord "Willy DeVille - Mink DeVille" van Gerd Quirijnen op Pinterest. 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. 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. Rocker Willy DeVille died in 2009 at age 58 from pancreatitis and other health problems resulting from his hard-partying lifestyle. "[2] Willy DeVille occasionally sat in with the band Lazy Ace, which included Allen Jr. on drums and Ritch Colbert on piano. he said. Associated Press Willy’s band Mink Deville was one of the original CBGB’s house bands in New York from 1975-77 and his hipness factor has been well documented. 'No, it's gotta be something slick—something sorta French, somethin' sorta black ... poetry. 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. "We auditioned along with hundreds of others, but they liked us and took us on. 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. "[22], Willy DeVille hired Jean Claude Petit to supervise string arrangements, and he dismissed the members of the band except for guitarist Louis X. Erlanger in favor of new musicians, including accordionist Kenny Margolis. "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. We just fell in love with each other. For this album, DeVille wrote several songs with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Doc Pomus. Bass player Bob Curiano, Drummer Shawn Murray for example, backed up Willy DeVille in his 1984 and 2007 European tours. We played CBGBs for three years, and all of the sudden word got out, and then came this word Punk, which where I come from is a bad word. Album Le Chat Bleu. Mink ... MINK DE VILLE!' Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. I mentioned my mission while chatting with friend and Del Shannon manager Dan Bourgoise, who responded 'Jack? You've got to be kidding! [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. 8, A Jepp® Production Vol. [2] On the catchy "Spanish Stroll", bassist Rubén Sigüenza spoke words in Spanish during the break ("Hey Rosita! As recorded by Mink Deville, album 'Late Night Tales: Fatboy Slim'. Mink DeVille toured the United States in 1978 with Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe. Cigarette smoke wafted into the shaft of light from offstage while the sax player blew Earle Hagen's "Harlem Nocturne". Its featured song, "Spanish Stroll," was a Top 20 hit in Britain. These producers were a natural fit for Mink DeVille, whose members' tastes ran to the Ronettes, the Crystals and other 1960s-era New York City bands with their Brill Building sound. 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. We were the five big draws. EMAIL ME. The '70s Punk Rebellion, Cabretta, and Coup de grâce. All rights reserved. Nitzsche said about DeVille, "We hit it off right away. 11:50 AM PDT 8/7/2009 "[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. In December 1976, Ben Edmonds (1950–2016), an A&R man for Capitol Records, and previously an editor for Creem, signed the band after spotting them at CBGB. But if you are Mink DeVille fan you might love it. Link: https://youtu.be/N5LveBIjg3o. 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. 'I tried to get him for years.' AP His "Storybook Love," featured in the 1987 movie "The Princess Bride," was nominated for an Academy Award. And yeah, I had drug problems. THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER is a registered trademark of The Hollywood Reporter, LLC. 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. The Oscar-nominated songwriter died at New York's Cabrini Hospital on Thursday of pancreatic cancer, said Carol Kaye at Kayos Productions. DeVille sounded like he couldn't quite decide whether to serenade you or pull a knife on you. Wow! ", Better known in Europe than in the U.S., DeVille went solo in 1980 with "Le Chat Bleu." The song "Italian Shoes" was a hit in some European countries,[30] but some critics thought the album was overproduced. That's all we were. That's pretty cool! We weren't ready to make great rock and roll records. 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. [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. [20] Cabretta was elected number 57 in the Village Voice's 1977 end-of-the-year Pazz & Jop critics poll.[21]. Both albums featured saxophonist Louis Cortelezzi and had a full-throated Jersey Shore sound that evoked Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny. Spanish Stroll Lyrics. Not to mention Jean-Claude doing the strings. Doc (Pomus) was elated when he heard it. [7], DeVille said about their first meeting, "Now here I am at 29, a writer, doing pretty good and I've just been asked if I want to write songs with a guy who helped lay the foundations for the music I fell in love with sitting at my mother's kitchen table when I was only seven years old.

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