"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."
Why is it that the great American Rock Performers are always recognized in Europe, but not in their homeland. It's not just rock, all the great American Jazz players went to live in Europe just to make a living. Thom Jurek wrote about him after his death, "Willy DeVille is America's loss even if America doesn’t know it yet. The reason is simple: Like the very best rock and roll writers and performers in our history, he’s one of the very few who got it right; he understood what made a three-minute song great, and why it mattered—because it mattered to him.
About my comment at the beginning of this post...."The American public doesn't even know they suffered this loss....Willy just recently made a comment about his legacy, where he told an interviewer, "I have a theory. I know that I'll sell much more records when I'm dead. It isn't very pleasant, but I have to get used to this idea.
Prolific... wouldn't you say?
R.I.P. Willy Deville