He is a bass player and saxophonist who met up with
Willy DeVille in San Francisco in 1974, and after they teamed up with Tom "Manfred"
Allen they moved to New York.Going initially by the name Billy DeSade & The Marquis, they
soon became known as Mink DeVille, and would see success with singles such
as "Spanish Stroll" and "Cadillac Walk".He left the band in 1978 and currently he performs as a
member of the blues band The Jakes.