October 25, 2019

Willy DeVille expositie in Herman Brood museum

Van 20 oktober tot en met eind december is er een prachtige expositie van Willy DeVille te zien in het Herman Brood Museum Zwolle.



De expositie bestaat onder andere uit unieke foto's van:
- Patricia Steur
- Dirk W. de Jong
- Gerard Wessel

Ook zijn er kostuums te zien zijn die Willy droeg op het podium. Met dank aan Trudy Jost uit Zwitserland.

Yadonna Wise West samen met Erik Neimeijer – Foto © Mariekus Go

De opening was zondag 20 oktober van 20.00 - 23.00 uur.
Tijdens deze opening zorgde niemand minder dan YaDonna Wise (West) uit New Orleans voor de muzikale omlijsting. Zij was jarenlang vaste zangeres bij Willy DeVille's band en vertolkte een aantal bekende DeVille nummers. Ze werd hierin bijgestaan door onder andere Erik Neimeijer.


Fotograaf Patricia Steur werkte twintig jaar elk jaar met hem samen. Met haar sprak NOS Met het Oog Op Morgen over Willy DeVille.

Meer foto's hier.

Willy met Herman Brood 70's – Foto © Gerard Wessel

August 6, 2019

Willy DeVille - Aug 25th 1950 - Aug 6th 2009 - 10 years in sweet memory

In sweet memory of Willy DeVille - Heaven Stood Still For 10 Years



[photo: Michael Ochs]

August 6 has been declared DeVille International Outfit Day.
To honor Willy 'Mink' DeVille wear that day a DeVille outfit or T-shirt!
Make a picture of it and share it on your Facebook page or any other social media.
Got style, Got taste, Got savoir faire!

6 augustus is uitgeroepen tot DeVille International Outfit Day.
Draag die dag om Willy DeVille te eren een DeVille outfit of T-shirt.
Maak er vervolgens een foto van en deel die op je Facebook pagina of andere sociale media. Got style, Got taste, Got savoir faire!

6. August ist DeVille internationalen Outfit Tag erklärt worden.
Um Willy DeVille zu Ehren tragen Sie an diesem Tag eine DeVille Outfit oder T-shirt!
Erstellen Sie ein Bild von dort und teilen Sie es auf Ihrer Facebook-Seite oder andere sozialen Medien. Got style, Got taste, Got savoir faire!

Place the banner on your personal Web site to encourage fans:
Plaats de banner op je persoonlijke website om fans aan te moedigen:
Bitte platzieren Sie das Banner auf Ihrer persönlichen Website:




July 12, 2019

R.I.P. David J. Keyes (64) Willy DeVille bass player

R.I.P. David J. Keyes (64) long time bass player with Willy DeVille among many others. 
Sorry for your loss. You will be missed.



[So long David!]

David J. Keyes - traveled the world as bassist/vocalist/guitar for Willy DeVille and Mink DeVille Band from 1992-2006. He continued to assist in writing Willy's last two studio records, "Crow Jane Alley" dedicated to Jack Nitzsche and "Pistola", Willy's last studio record, after David J. was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in January 2007.

David J. Keyes earned a Gold Record Award with Mink DeVille Band for his performance on Willy DeVille Live (1993 FNAC) recorded live at Bottom line in NYC and Olympia in Paris, France.

David J. Keyes also toured and recorded with Symphonic/Rock band Renaissance, Annie Haslam vocalist, from 1990 to 2014, Touring Japan, UK and USA. Renaissance released a new Studio record "Symphony of Light" in 2013 and new DVD "Live at Keswick Theater" from Renaissance tour 2011.

David J Keyes played upright bass, dobro & co-produced studio record w/ singer/songwriter Titus Wolfe - Berlin, Germany.
The album of Titus Wolfe - "HoHoKus" (w/ David J. Keyes 2015) is available on Blue Rose Records.


[photo © | DeVille Fans meeting with David J Keyes & Darin Brown at Luxor Rotterdam Oct. 2006]


When people say renowned bass player and singer David J. Keyes of Franklin Lakes battled cancer, they mean it. [source: dailyvoice.com]


Keyes, who succumbed to the disease earlier this week – 12 years after being diagnosed – fought valiantly, never allowing it to darken a shining smile, those who knew him said.

“His mantra was one of grace, humility, passion and strength -- the glass was always half full no matter how much pain he was in,” wrote singer-songwriter and keyboardist Dave Keyes (no relation) of Sloatsburg. “He was always upbeat, always looking for the light.”

Keyes, 64, had an impressive musical resume, playing with a variety of acts, from symphonic prog-rock pioneers Renaissance to the late New York City-cum-New Orleans American roots music singer-songwriter Willy DeVille.

He was a familiar fixture in clubs in New York City, as well as in Bergen and Rockland counties, among other places.

His fortes were blues and folk.

Keyes was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma in 2007 and steadily underwent biweekly chemo treatments. Yet he never blinked onstage, those who knew him said.

“Probably the most positive person I’ve ever met, even through his long battle,” wrote guitarist Mark Newman.

“Dave was a true gentleman, great musician and ALWAYS a bright spirit in spite of the burden he carried the last 10 years,” added drummer Bill Tesar. “I'll miss him terribly.”

He also was a tremendous influence.

New York City guitarist Steve Conte met Keyes in 1984 at a Fifth Avenue club called 240 West – which later became the now-defunct Lone Star Roadhouse – when the bands they played in were on the same bill.

“We hit it off and kept in touch over the years,” he said, adding that Keyes pushed him to learn to play mandolin, open-tuned dobro & Tex/Mex-style nylon string.

“Knowing what a big Willy [DeVille] fan I was, he approached me to do a tour once, which I had to turn down,” Conte recalled. “But the next time, I took him up on the offer and it was life-changing, to say the least.

“I had no idea what to expect replacing the great Freddy Koella in Willy's band, but Dave went the extra mile to make me feel at ease in a situation where I was ‘the new guy.’

“Dave & I traveled in style with Willy; playing the greatest cities of Europe in the summer of 2003, staying in 5-star hotels, dining on the finest cuisine, drinking the best wines and playing some of the most soulful music I've ever had the pleasure of performing on a tour.

“Dave & I spent many nights on tour talking about life & music till the sun came up,” Conte added. “He was a true friend, a sweetheart who really cared about people.

“I am comforted to know that he is finished with suffering.”

The “other” Dave Keyes noted that his friend’s “ever-present smile was a beacon of light and courage in a crazy world, an inspiration for anyone who has ever been sick or dealing with major health issues.”

He called Keyes “an incredible person whose spirit and soul will live on for me thru the memories I have of hanging with him, our conversations, our golf games and the music we made together.

“Big hugs, prayers and gratitude to his wife Marilyn S. Keyes, who has always been by his side. RIP brother....There is none other like you.”

July 9, 2019

YaDonna West tour oktober 2019 in Nederland

Op donderdag 17 oktober 2019 gaat de YaDonna West tour in Nederland van start.
Zij brengt in Café de Stam in Gerwen naast songs van Willy DeVille ook haar eigen repertoire met soul- en blues muziek uit 'The Great American Songbook'. YaDonna wordt begeleid door twee muzikanten: Gertjan van der Weerd (Bökkers, Her Majesty, Typhoon, Ellen ten Damme) en Erik Neimeijer (o.a. Bökkers). "All the way from New Orleans, just for you!" 

De kaarten kosten E. 12,50 per stuk.
Te bestellen via cafedestam@hotmail.com
Er zijn slechts 80 kaarten beschikbaar!


Zie ook: Willy DeVille’s Songbook Oct. 20th 2019

October 17th, 2019, one of Willy DeVille's singers, YaDonna West, will sing 'all the way from New Orleans, just for you' (fans know that these are Willy's words 😊) in Café De Stam!
For me personally, this is so special! Most of you know that in the past I often went to performances by Willy DeVille. I photographed him and got in touch with Willy and his wife, with his band, his singers and his manager. An unforgettable time in which valuable friendships have arisen. Willy DeVille died in 2009. He left a large void behind many people. Also with me. A wonderfully beautiful time that I will remember all my life came to an end. I have always kept in touch with his singers. Five years ago, we met in Monchengladbach when they were on tour with Neil Young in Europe. And now YaDonna will perform in De Stam! In the USA, YaDonna is a successful singer with an impressive resume. She has been singing in the MaHogany Blue vocal trio for years, she has worked with the great producers Allen Toussaint, Wardell Quezergue and she has been on a world tour with Bruce Willis, MaHogany Blue, Willy DeVille and Neil Young.
YaDonna is a stylish, elegant appearance and has been performing solo since 2006 with an extensive repertoire. In Café De Stam she will play the music from the 'Willy DeVille Songbook' and she also sings beautiful songs from 'The Great American Songbook': songs from her idols including Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sara Vaughn, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and Tony Bennett. In De Stam she will be accompanied by pianist Gertjan van der Weerd (a.o.Typhoon, Ellen ten Damme). Listening to the refined, warm and flawless voice of YaDonna is the guarantee for a fantastic musical evening in Café De Stam! Do you want to be at this unique performance? Call 0031-(6)-53965925 or send a message to cafedestam@hotmail.com. The entrance fee is € 12.50. At the door the tickets are € 17.50. Be quick, because there are only 80 tickets (including 40 seats) available!

March 30, 2019

Mink DeVille - Too Much Heart Finest Moments (2019)



Mink DeVille - Too Much Heart Finest Moments (2019) 

25 Songs, 1 Hour 28 Minutes
Label: Warner Music Group - X5 Music Group
Released: Mar 1, 2019

The discography of American singer and songwriter Willy DeVille includes, as well as his solo recordings, recordings released by his band Mink DeVille in the period from 1977 to 1985. It consists of fourteen studio albums, three live albums, fifteen compilation albums, twenty-two singles, and one extended play (EP).

Track List:
[03:41] 01. Mink DeVille - Demasiado Corazon (Too Much Heart)
[03:03] 02. Mink DeVille - You Better Move On
[03:28] 03. Mink DeVille - Each Word's a Beat of My Heart
[03:42] 04. Mink DeVille - Love & Emotion
[03:19] 05. Mink DeVille - Just Give Me One Good Reason
[02:58] 06. Mink DeVille - Maybe Tomorrow
[04:12] 07. Mink DeVille - Help Me Make It (Power of a Woman's Love)
[03:17] 08. Mink DeVille - Love Me Like You Did Before
[04:38] 09. Mink DeVille - Lilly's Daddy's Cadillac
[04:05] 10. Mink DeVille - Teardrops Must Fall
[02:34] 11. Mink DeVille - Around the Corner
[03:30] 12. Mink DeVille - River of Tears
[03:01] 13. Mink DeVille - She Was Made In Heaven
[05:26] 14. Mink DeVille - The Moonlight Let Me Down
[02:48] 15. Mink DeVille - End of the Line
[03:16] 16. Mink DeVille - Keep Your Monkey Away from My Door
[03:46] 17. Mink DeVille - So In Love Are We
[03:20] 18. Mink DeVille - Pick up the Pieces
[02:55] 19. Mink DeVille - Love's Got a Hold On Me
[03:07] 20. Mink DeVille - Are You Lonely Tonight

Listen on: 
Apple MusicSpotify:  DeezerGenre 360

... or just buy this CD!

February 23, 2019

Willy DeVille’s Songbook Oct. 20th 2019

Willy DeVille’s Songbook 

Op zondagmiddag 20 oktober 2019 in de stadsgehoorzaal in Kampen

Speciaal voor dit concert komt YaDonna West (Wise) over uit New Orleans.
Na haar zeer succesvolle periode bij Willy DeVille heeft YaDonna getoerd met Neil Young.
Om Willy’s  fans nog een keer te ontmoeten komt zij over uit New Orleans.


De band:
In 2010 hebben ze de laatste fanclub bijeenkomst afgesloten met een fantastisch optreden.
Nu zijn het landelijk bekende muzikanten en spelen zij in bekende bands.
Op 20 oktober 2019 staan ze op het podium met Willy DeVille’s songbook:

Bauke Bakker (Her Majesty)
Sebastiaan van Olst (Typhoon)
Gertjan van der Weerd (Bökkers, Her Majesty)
Erik Neimeijer (o.a. Bökkers)


De kaartverkoop is nog niet gestart.
We houden je op de hoogte.

Jos, Robert, Gurrie


Mink DeVille Band with background vocalists Doreen and Yadonna Wise (2007)

August 6, 2018

Willy DeVille - Aug 25th 1950 - Aug 6th 2009 - in sweet memory

In sweet memory of Willy DeVille - Heaven Stood Still For 9 Years


[photo: Paul Bergen]

August 6 has been declared DeVille International Outfit Day.
To honor Willy 'Mink' DeVille wear that day a DeVille outfit or T-shirt!
Make a picture of it and share it on your Facebook page or any other social media.
Got style, Got taste, Got savoir faire!

6 augustus is uitgeroepen tot DeVille International Outfit Day.
Draag die dag om Willy DeVille te eren een DeVille outfit of T-shirt.
Maak er vervolgens een foto van en deel die op je Facebook pagina of andere sociale media. Got style, Got taste, Got savoir faire!

6. August ist DeVille internationalen Outfit Tag erklärt worden.
Um Willy DeVille zu Ehren tragen Sie an diesem Tag eine DeVille Outfit oder T-shirt!
Erstellen Sie ein Bild von dort und teilen Sie es auf Ihrer Facebook-Seite oder andere sozialen Medien. Got style, Got taste, Got savoir faire!

Place the banner on your personal Web site to encourage fans:
Plaats de banner op je persoonlijke website om fans aan te moedigen:
Bitte platzieren Sie das Banner auf Ihrer persönlichen Website: