Mink DeVille

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US R&B/rock & roll band (1974-1986) fronted by Willy DeVille. Passed away august 6 2009 .Though starting out in San Francisco playing gay leatherbars as "Billy de Sade and the Marquis" (Billy being Billy Borsey, Willy DeVille's original name), the band changed its name To Mink DeVille (and Borsey became Willy DeVille) in 1975 and became one of the housebands in the famous NY club CBGB. CBGB was the epicenter of NY punk - and other house bands such as Blondie, Television and Talking Heads got Mink DeVille categorized as part of the punk/new Wave underground to which they never belonged musically. Mink DeVille's music was built on R&B, blues and 60's classic pop blended with streetwise attitudes and back alley romanticism, not unlike the sound heard in early Bruce Springsteen songs like "Rosalita" and "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and heard from Springsteen confreres Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes and Gary U.S. Bonds, with a twist of hispano, New Orleans and Zydeco. Discovered by Capitol Records in 1977 the band recorded three albums for the label. The fresh approach to R&B classicism and rock & roll got producer legend Jack Nitzsche interested in producing the band and he is credited as being a major influence on the development of the band's sound. Hearing the band live in its early days also caught song writing legend Doc Pomus's attention, and he offered to write with Willy DeVille. In spite of critical acclaim and praise of DeVille's writing talent, Mink DeVille didn't make it big in the US, but caught quite an audience in Europe.

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 album is often cited as the band's best out of the six studio albums.

From 1986 Willy DeVille performed under his own name.

Key band songs include "Spanish Stroll", "Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl", "A" Train Lady, "I Broke That Promise", "Just To Walk That Little Girl Home" and "Love & Emotion"
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Albums

E-ST 11603, 0C 062-85110 Mink DeVille - Trans-Europe Express album art Kraftwerk / Mink DeVille Kraftwerk / Mink DeVille - Trans-Europe Express(LP, Album, MP) Capitol Records, Capitol Records E-ST 11603, 0C 062-85110 UK 1977 Sell This Version
ST-11631 Mink DeVille - Cabretta album art Mink DeVille Cabretta (Album) Capitol Records ST-11631 US 1977 Sell This Version
3C 064-85461 Mink DeVille - Return To Magenta album art Mink DeVille Return To Magenta (Album) Capitol Records 3C 064-85461 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
4XT-11955 Mink DeVille - Le Chat Bleu album art Mink DeVille Le Chat Bleu (Album) Capitol Records 4XT-11955 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
RKS2 Mink DeVille - The Robert Klein Radio Show (November 2, 1980) album art Robert Klein Featuring Dire Straits / Mink DeVille / Doc Pomus Robert Klein Featuring Dire Straits / Mink DeVille / Doc Pomus - The Robert Klein Radio Show (November 2, 1980)(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) Froben Production RKS2 US 1980 Sell This Version
K 450 833 Mink DeVille - Coup De Grâce album art Mink DeVille Coup De Grâce (Album) Atlantic K 450 833 Europe 1981 Sell This Version
RKRS-15 Mink DeVille - The Robert Klein Radio Show (February 1, 1981) album art Dire Straits / Mink DeVille Dire Straits / Mink DeVille - The Robert Klein Radio Show (February 1, 1981)(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) Froben Production RKRS-15 US 1981 Sell This Version
393 Mink DeVille - King Biscuit Flower Hour album art Little River Band / Mink DeVille Little River Band / Mink DeVille - King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) D.I.R. Broadcasting Corp. 393 US 1981 Sell This Version
---- Mink DeVille - Live Concert album art Mink DeVille Live Concert(2xLP, Album, S/Edition, W/Lbl) Truffaldine Mobil Studios ---- US 1982 Sell This Version
780 198-4 Mink DeVille - Each Song Is A Beat Of My Heart album art Mink De Ville* Each Song Is A Beat Of My Heart (MiniAlbum) Atlantic 780 198-4 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
78-0115-4 Mink DeVille - Where Angels Fear To Tread album art Mink DeVille Where Angels Fear To Tread (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic 78-0115-4 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
825 776-1 Mink DeVille - Sportin' Life album art Mink DeVille Sportin' Life (Album) Atlantic, Atlantic 825 776-1 Brazil 1985 Sell This Version
PG1210 Mink DeVille - Spanish Stroll album art Mink DeVille Spanish Stroll(CD, Album) Witness PG1210 Spain 2005 Sell This Version
EREDV684 Mink DeVille - Live At Montreux 1982 album art Mink DeVille Live At Montreux 1982 (Album) Eagle Vision, Montreux Sounds EREDV684 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
REPUK 1209 Mink DeVille - Live at Rockpalast 1978 & 1981 album art Mink DeVille Live at Rockpalast 1978 & 1981(2xCD, Album + DVD, Album, Reg) Repertoire Records REPUK 1209 UK 2014 Sell This Version
1C 238-1575744 Mink DeVille - Return To Magenta album art Mink DeVille Return To Magenta(Cass, Album, XDR) Capitol Records 1C 238-1575744 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CL 15942 Mink DeVille - Little Girl album art Mink DeVille Little Girl (Single) Capitol Records CL 15942 UK 1977 Sell This Version
CL 15952 Mink DeVille - Cadillac Walk  album art Mink DeVille Cadillac Walk (Single) Capitol Records CL 15952 UK 1977 Sell This Version
10C 006-85.220 Mink DeVille - Spanish Stroll album art Mink DeVille Spanish Stroll (Single) Capitol Records, Capitol Records 10C 006-85.220 Spain 1977 Sell This Version
F 4510 Mink DeVille - Little Girl / Cadillac Walk album art Mink DeVille Little Girl / Cadillac Walk (Single) Capitol Records F 4510 New Zealand 1977 Sell This Version
Promo 4461/PRO-8667 Mink DeVille - Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl album art Mink DeVille Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl(7", Single, Mono, Promo) Capitol Records Promo 4461/PRO-8667 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
SP 1027 Mink DeVille - One Way Street album art Mink DeVille One Way Street(12", Promo, Blu) Capitol Records SP 1027 France 1977 Sell This Version
4607 Mink DeVille - Guardian Angel / Easy Slider album art Mink DeVille Guardian Angel / Easy Slider (Single) Capitol Records 4607 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
CP 614 Mink DeVille - Just Your Friends album art Mink DeVille Just Your Friends (Single) Capitol Records CP 614 New Zealand 1977 Sell This Version
3C 006-85602, 3C 006 85602 Mink DeVille - Soul Twist album art Mink DeVille Soul Twist (Single) Capitol Records 3C 006-85602, 3C 006 85602 Italy 1978 Sell This Version