There where many mainstays at Max’s Kansas City back in the early mid to late 70’s. When I was either working as a production hand or just hanging out at Max’s, One of my favorite’s was “Mink DeVille”. Just a cool sharp rock n roll band with an ethnic punky flair that combined Spanish, Cajun and zydeco influences that was all new to me. Willy Deville, the leader of the band brought in this style that was unique as it was sharp and cutting edge for that time period. The band drew from many sources including Latin music, French creole ballads, New Orleans funk and Cajun accordion music. Just down right fun music to listen and dance too! Willy was born William Borsey in Stamford, Conn. and at a young age of 17 starting hanging out in Greenwich Village and down on the lower east side where he learned to play guitar and started performing. He was in several bands before he formed the Mink Deville band. I couldn’t even tell you and don’t even know the names of those bands Willy played in and what influenced him in those early stages. Willy was a sharp dresser and played the part to the “T”. From his dark slim tight fitting suits, thin tie and his pointed black dress shoe’s – he screamed Rock and Roll in a punkish sort of way.
For the most part that was my experience with Willy & Mink Deville, although I thoroughly enjoyed the band and their front man “Willy Deville”.
Sadly, Willy DeVille died on August 9th of 2009, of pancreatic cancer. His adventurous forays into rhythm and blues, Cajun music and salsa made him one of the most original figures of the New York punk scene of the 1970s, He was 58 when he died.
Note: I found all these pictures from the internet – as I have none of my own from that time period, as who the hell carried a camera around with them back in the late 70’s and 80’s and of course cell phones did not exist! So thanks to all who took these pictures and full credit is deserved.
I was introduced to Jimi back when I was working at Max’s Kansas City in New York City. My friend John Kessler was running the sound and production and ask me to work with him at the club. I became a kind of a fixture working most of the time on the off nights and filling in on the weekends. John was doing some work with Jimi or Zhivag’s (thats what I called him) playing with his band and doing some sound recordings. He was always up beat and fun always fooling around. Below is a picture of some of the people in his band -Jimi next to Lisa (the blond girl) and John in the far upper right hand of the photo, Vinnie the drummer right below Lisa. For the life of me I can’t remember the other people’s names.
I remember at that time he was mainly playing a Gibson Thunderbird guitar and would switch over to acoustic guitar. I got the picture below from the Facebook post Lisa posted. That’s the Gibson Firebird! In those days we all needed money so we did odd jobs on the side between gigs or working at the clubs- we had a Job in East Williston for this office to build out some new walls to separate the office space. Jimi would come all the way out from the city by train -thank god the train let off in the East Williston train station in which the office that we were working at literally was behind the train station. He would come bopping in smoking a cigarette and would do pretty much do nothing throughout the day. At one point we had to spackle and sand the walls down and we were all wearing face masks, at the end of the day Jimi was covered in spackle dust from head to toe except for the ring around his mouth and nose, time to go-Jimi just jump on the first train back to the city dust and all, what a sight!
The last gig I remember doing with him and his band was at My Fathers Place in Roslyn. We put on a big production with great stage lighting and Fog Machines. Pretty much that was the last I saw of him as in life people move on. Happen to be googling on the web and typed in his name and found that he had passed back in 2018. I figured to put down a few memories about Jimi as he was a talented good dude and it was a time stamp in my life, Great Memories!
That’s right-it ain’t over until it’s over! Keep on pushing and streaming and saving. Some good statistic’s that an independent artist needs to get some quality airplay. I’m super happy that a lot of rocker’s are liking my new album. Just looking to get the music out there and send out a great vibe to pass the time. Thank you all for the support.
A taste of the album “Multiplier” – You’re Gonna Get Burned”
It’s about how people set your expectations up and at some point burn you and disappoint you, that is how “You’re Gonna Get Burned!”
I have a Radio station on Pandora radio – Called – “Sugar Boom Radio” You need to check this out it is so cool! Not only does it have some great tunes from your’s truly Aldo Buzzi and my new release “Multiplier”. It has many other really great independent bands with new music to expand your listening horizons. It also has bands that are established already that you would know. If you already been on Pandora radio you will see an icon to your mid right on the screen – you touch that icon and a thumbs up or thumbs down appears to rate the music. Hopefully there will be a lot of thumbs up!
Here is the Link to Aldo Buzzi “SUGAR BOOM RADIO” on Pandora – ENJOY!
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