RIP Willy DeVille & John Hughes

Another bad week for celebrity media makers…

Perhaps you haven’t been plugged into your computer this weekend or you were attending Lolla and didn’t hear anyone mention it. Willy DeVille of the band Mink DeVille died Friday August 7 after a battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 58. Condolences to his family and friends.

John Hughes is widely known as a director that galvanized a generation of actors and movie fans. My connection? I worked on a press junket for Sixteen Candles where I wired up Molly Ringwald and Anthony Michael Hall for interviews with the endless parade of talking heads, streaming through to grab a sound bite. I always thought his savvy use of music in his early work also helped launch some of the 80s’ best known tracks, too.

John had built an estate in the wilds of Northern Illinois outside Harvard and we live pretty close to that area. Apparently, we had something in common in that we both saw this part of the Midwest as a great place to reside. Mr. Hughes reportedly died from a heart attack August 6th while on a walk in Manhattan. He was only 59.

Simple Minds would be one of the bands most connected in my mind to Hughes’ filmmaking. Enjoy this clip from The Breakfast Club.


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