July 25, 2021

Willy deVille in Top 2000 a gogo [Dutch]

Deze aflevering van Top 2000 a gogo richt zich op Willy DeVille, de zanger die met zijn band Mink DeVille een enorme hit scoort met Spanish Stroll.


DeVille, die in 2009 overlijdt aan de gevolgen van alvleesklierkanker, legt uit dat hij op jonge leeftijd al verslingerd raakte aan drugs, in het bijzonder heroïne. Spanish Stroll is dan ook gebaseerd op DeVille's ervaringen met dealers en gebruikers. Zoals hij zelf aangeeft: "Ik heb niet zo'n levendige fantasie. Het moet wel autobiografisch zijn."

Zingen met gevoel
Die autobiografische elementen waren volgens DeVille nodig om Spanish Stroll en zijn andere nummers overtuigend te kunnen zingen. "Als je het niet voelt, kan je het over tien jaar niet meer zingen", legt hij uit. Al vond de Amerikaan zichzelf geen groots zanger: "Ik zeg niet dat ik een geweldige zanger of schrijver ben, of een geweldige entertainer, maar mijn band was de beste."

Check de geschiedenis van Spanish Stroll in dit fragment

Mink DeVille in de NPO Radio 2 Top 2000
Spanish Stroll is de enige notering van Mink DeVille in de NPO Radio 2 Top 2000. In de editie van 2020 staat het nummer op plek 1654. Dat was wel eens anders: ooit stond Spanish Stroll ruim duizend plekken hoger. Bekijk de ontwikkeling van het nummer hier

Bron: nporadio2 
​Foto: ANP

June 6, 2020

Vinyl Mac - an eclectic journey DeVille albums

 

There are many signed LPs, CDs and memorabilia of Willy Mink DeVille in circulation. It is difficult to say whether it is real or not, that's why it's best if you have had such a signature personally from the artist. Most fans are already proud with one copy, but the American Neil Kirk is an exception. He is a passionate patron of the arts and connoisseur of all things vinyl.

Besides the DeVille chapter, it's worth checking out his website! Vinyl Mac - an eclectic journey 




[above: the collection room of Neil Kirk and 5 signed DeVille record sleeves]


[some other signed albums and photos]

March 21, 2020

Geschiedenis van de popmuziek [Dutch]

 



Op zijn blog ‘Verhalen uit de geschiedenis van de popmuziek’ schreef Harry Knipschild een uitgebreid stuk over Willy DeVille in Amerika en Europa



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.”