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HEAVEN STOOD STILL – Willy DeVille documentary

Willy deVille (a.k.a. William Paul Borsey Jr.) may be the greatest American rock singer who never managed to achieve the wide recognition he deserved. Willy died in 2009, aged just 59.


But now director Larry Locke is making sure that Willy at least posthumously becomes the subject of new interest with the documentary film "Heaven stood still: The Incarnations of Willy deVille".

Willy led the band Mink deVille from 1974 to 1986, after which he released a number of records under his own name.


His collaborations were many, including Jack Nitzsche (collaborator with Neil Young on "Harvest"), songwriter Doc Pomus, Dr.John, Allen Toussaint and Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler, who produced an album for Willy.


Photo: Plismo. Willy deVille at the microphone on the right


Mink deVille was the house band at legendary CBGBs and Mink deVille was among the first bands from this multifaceted music scene to release their own album.


The debut was called "Cabretta" (in Europe) and came in 1977, followed by "Return to Magenta" in 1978 and "Le Chat Bleu" in 1980.


Featuring in the documentary, alternately in archive footage and new interviews, are Willy himself, Ben E.King, Talking Heads Chris Frantz, Peter Wolf (J.Geil's band) and producer Hal Willner.


Photo thanks to Eckhard Henkel

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