RIP: Willy DeVille

From The Wall Street Journal:

Willy DeVille, who brought street elegance and soul to New York’s punk scene in the late ‘70s, died yesterday of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 58.

Tall, thin and debonair with almond-shaped eyes, DeVille was an anomaly on the punk scene centered at CBGBs on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He could sing in a smooth style reminiscent of the great Atlantic Records balladeers and craft a mean pop tune; in time, he co-wrote several songs with Doc Pomus, an influence. During his three-decade long career, he covered a vast musical terrain –- soul, R&B and blues — and scored an international hit with a Cajun-flavored rendition of “Hey Joe.” His song “Storybook Love,” which appeared in the film “The Princess Bride,” was nominated for an Oscar.

DeVille is survived by his wife Nina and son Sean.

- Willy DeVille official website
- Willy DeVille MySpace
- Willy DeVille Wikipedia entry

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