Mink Deville's origins go way back to 1974 when Willie Deville (born as Billy Borsay) formed the band in San Francisco. Named somewhat randomly after the group's idea of a cool car (a fur-lined Cadillac), Mink Deville first gained notoriety as the house band at CBGB's from 1975 - 1977. Amazingly, their unique pop/soul style somehow fit in with the new wave and punk groups at the time.
Signed to Capital in 1976, Mink Deville recorded several eclectic albums in the late 1970's and early 1980's, and never quite found their audience. In fact, few of their albums and singles even charted in the U.S. though they did have some success internationally. In addition, as members of the band left, Willie Deville replaced them with studio musicians, so by the third album Mink Deville and Willie Deville were virtually indistinguishable. The Sporting Life was the last album where the Mink Deville name was used, after that it was Willie Deville for all concerts and albums.
Willie Deville would go on to release eight more studio albums, mostly with a soul flavor (in fact, his pop/soul songs with Latin rhythms would come to be called Spanish-Americana music).
Deville sadly died of cancer in New York in 2009.
Cool trivia fact: The pop metal band Giuffria recorded a cover of "I Must Be Dreaming" in 1986, which charted at #52.