|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||rock 80s rhythm and blues proto punk new york punk latin classic rock 70s|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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The foundation of this unit was guitarist and songwriter Willy DeVille (William Borsey, 25 August 1950, Stamford, Connecticut, USA). He arrived in London in 1971 to form a band but, unable to find the right musicians, performed as a solo artist before heading to San Francisco and assembling the embryonic Mink DeVille. The basic trio became Willy DeVille (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Ruben Siguenza (bass) and Thomas R. Allen (drums). Allen had previously played with various blues musicians. They relocated to New York and recruited Louie X Erlanger on guitar. The band, by this time a wonderful live unit, recorded three tracks for the Live At CBGBs compilation and then in 1977 released their debut album produced by Jack Nitzsche, which included the hit single Spanish Stroll. The follow-up, Return To Magenta, was publicized by releasing Soul Twist on purple vinyl, but overall the album was an unhappy compromise between the groups...