Willy DeVille

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2012 (The 2013 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

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Will Willy DeVille be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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WILLY DEVILLE (Mink DeVille band) - a truly unique rock and roll music composer, musician and performer whose passionate heart and soul and lifelong dedication and many contributions to both the preservation and evolution of original, diverse rock and roll music continues to influence and inspire his fellow and future rock and roll musicians and fans from around the world!

Posted by Kat on Monday, 10.4.10 @ 11:04am


citation of Thom Jurek:
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Thom Jurek wrote about him after his death, “Willy DeVille is America’s loss even if America doesn know it yet. The reason is simple: Like the very best rock and roll writers and performers in our history, he one of the very few who got it right; he understood what made a three-minute song great, and why it matteredecause it mattered to him. He lived and died with the audience in his shows, and he gave them something to remember when they left the theater, because he meant every single word of every song as he performed it. Europeans like that. In this jingoistic age of American pride, perhaps we can revisit our own true love of rock and roll by discovering Willy DeVille for the first timer, at the very least, remember him for what he really was: an American original. The mythos and pathos in his songs, his voice, and his performances were born in these streets and cities and then given to the world who appreciated him much more than we did.”
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I think,no one could say in a better way,what is and was and will be important about Willy's music and their meaning for his fans all over the world.

Posted by Carol on Monday, 10.4.10 @ 13:40pm


Willy was the real deal: composer, singer, musician, and one of the most charismatic performers ever to grace a stage. He was a rock and roller with debts to the blues, rhythm and blues, zydeco, and French chanson---all filtered through his personal vision and exquisite sense of style. But what is most vivid in his beautifully crafted songs is the emotional life of the human heart expressed through that music. Willy was the master of romantic rock and roll for the heart and soul. The music lives on!!!

Posted by ellen reardon joy on Wednesday, 10.6.10 @ 10:40am


I agree with all the other writers above. In the future it will be more clear what DeVille did to make people more aware of the in America develloped music with all influences from abroad: mexican influences, Cajun style, Blues and rock and roll: DeVille absorbed these styles and made his own creations with it.

Posted by Mirjam on Monday, 04.23.12 @ 12:43pm


Willy was the ultimate artist (used in its complete context). Composer, arranger, singer, musician and performer, and what a performer he was. He provided a vast array of music styles to R&R which has endured for decades. Only because of record company stupidity and arrogant indifference has he been limited in exposure in the United States, even though he is a legend throughout the world; yet purely an American product . It is long over-due to induct Willy Deville into the Hall of Fame. I ask all involved to review his 14 albums and 4 concert DVDs in order to discover or rediscover this music genius.

Posted by Kevin on Saturday, 09.14.13 @ 07:51am


Willy was never appreciated in his homeland. Clearly this is still the same. The rest of the world loved his music and performances. My feeling is that he transcends a mere US list.

Posted by Bruce on Saturday, 05.24.14 @ 01:28am


If any rock and roller should be inducted, Wille DeVille should be! Come on.

Posted by Jane on Tuesday, 07.8.14 @ 09:00am


It blows my 68 year old, rock and roll loving mind that Willy DeVille was not inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as soon as he was eligible. To me, his music is everything rock and roll should be. Even if the rock and roll business insiders don't want to recognize him, true lovers of rock and roll should be in an uproar that he hasn't been. Please do the right thing by the spirit of rock and roll and induct him ASAP!

Posted by Jane Boyd on Wednesday, 07.16.14 @ 17:01pm


Love his music! Don't really have the words to express why I think he should be included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but I know without any uncertainty that he should be!

Here's an excerpt from an interview with Bob Dylan:

ARE THERE ANY OTHER PERFORMERS BESIDES BILLY LEE RILEY THAT YOU CAN RECOMMEND FOR THE HALL OF FAME?

Yeah sure, Willy DeVille for one, he stood out, his voice and presentation ought to have gotten him in there by now.

Read more: http://www.bobdylan.com/us/news/post-musicares-conversation-bill-flanagan#ixzz3nMxLiSgQ

ARE THERE ANY OTHER PERFORMERS BESIDES BILLY LEE RILEY THAT YOU CAN RECOMMEND FOR THE HALL OF FAME?

Yeah sure, Willy DeVille for one, he stood out, his voice and presentation ought to have gotten him in there by now.

Read more: http://www.bobdylan.com/us/news/post-musicares-conversation-bill-flanagan#ixzz3nMxLiSgQ

Posted by Jane Boyd on Thursday, 10.1.15 @ 21:28pm


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