Saturday, August 8, 2009

Willy DeVille, Dead at 58

It is with heavy hearts that we let you know that Willy passed away peacefully last night, August 6, 2009. His music and spirit will always be with us.

Willy won't be on the cover of a dozen magazines in every grocery store, but I think he's more deserving of it. That lack of American appreciation will be nothing new for DeVille who, in the tradition of many American jazz musicians, was always more popular in Europe--several of his recordings were only available here as imports. I hope some label will release a good box set now. With a mix of punk, New Orleans, soul, and blues, his voice shone whether crooning or growling. Wikipedia seems to have a pretty good article.
(AP 2002 photo)

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