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A Tribute to Amy Winehouse

Updated on August 7, 2016
Amy Winehouse in 2007
Amy Winehouse in 2007
Amy in 2007
Amy in 2007 | Source

Remembering Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse, the British singing talent, passed away at the age of 27 on July 23, 2011 at her home in North London.

Plagued by her addiction to both drugs and alcohol, it perhaps comes as no surprise to some that her death reflects the demise of other rock greats before her, such as Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain at the same age.

While some commentators found humour in her addiction, let's not forget that addiction is an illness. Amy Winehouse's choices in life were influenced by this, and now a life is extinguished too soon. A tragedy.

Here, let's celebrate what Amy Winehouse brought to the world of music and mourn the loss of her talent and her unforgettable life.

[Main image by Greg Gebhardt from Laguna Beach, CA, USA (Amy Winehouse) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons]

Back to Black: UK Top 30 Hit From 2007

Rehab: Top 10 in 2006: UK & USA

Tears Dry On Their Own

The Talent and Torture of Amy Winehouse

It seems that performers with a tortured soul are prone to produce soul in their work. It seems Amy Winehouse was no different.

Her death has triggered memories of rock giants of the past whose torment can be heard in every note they played or sang. Amy Winehouse has now been added to a list that includes Janis Joplin and her pleading refrains, Jimi Hendrix whose guitar wept with passion, Jim Morrison's mysterious rock persona and Kurt Kobain's tortured punk blues.

Amy Winehouse's own brand of soul did not come to my attention until the success of her second (and now, final) album Back to Black. Having lived in the US for several years, I had a disconnect in following the latest up and coming artists in the UK, so her first critically acclaimed album, Frank, completely passed me by.

Back to Black, however, reflects what I have always enjoyed about good soul music. If you remember the heyday of Motown and Stax, then you will understand what I mean. Amy Winehouse manages to fuse what was best about old school soul and propel it into the 21st century. While the first album characterises her jazz influence, this one harks back to the girl groups of the 1960s and literally throws them into a contemporary setting.

That modernity includes subjects that you would be unlikely to hear on a Supremes recording, for example. Wracked by alcohol and drug binges, titles like You Know I'm No Good, Addicted, Tears Dry On Their Own, and especially Rehab, address the addiction that formed a large part of Winehouse's personality and mindset.

While this part of her life will no doubt be the subject of much tabloid copy, if you strip away the addictive persona, you are simply left with the sound of a vulnerable and fragile voice; a passionate voice with soul that did not require the enhancements of modern technology.

She was able to perform without all of that and this is for what Amy Winehouse should be remembered. RIP.


Amy Whitehouse on Stage

Back to Black: The Album: A Grammy Winning Disc

Amy Winehouse's second and final album evokes the soul music sounds from the past and places them in a modern setting.

Back to Black would go on to win five Grammys at the 50th awards ceremony. By doing so, she equaled a record for gathering the second most awards by a female.

The album would top the music charts worldwide and spawn several successful single releases.

She was the closest thing we ever had to Billie Holiday, she was a true soulful talent...

Amy Winehouse With Mark Ronson: Their Cover of Valerie

Amy Winehouse: Frank

Frank was the debut album from Amy Winehouse.

Awarded the Ivor Novello Award, it was released in 2003 and became a mainstay in the UK music chart following the phenomenal success of Back to Black.

Described as a fusion of neo-soul, jazz and funk, it has been hailed as feisty, honest, uncompromising and commercial in equal measure.

From the Album 'Frank': Take the Box

Both Lady Gaga and Adele say Amy Winehouse paved the way for them...

Amy Winehouse With Tony Bennett: Body and Soul

One of Amy Winehouse's last recordings was this duet with Tony Bennett called Body and Soul. It's taken from the album, Duets II and is also included on the posthumous compilation Lioness: Hidden Treasures.

The Song Poll

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 years ago from London England

      Well the film has been released, not sure whether it is a glowing tribute to the late Ms Winehouse. Perhaps one day Hollywood may see fit to do a biopic of her short and tragic life.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 years ago from London England

      Greetings my little Darklings!

      Is it actually three years since we lost our beloved Diva?

      I'll never forget where i was when hearing the sad news.

      Beautifully illustrated posters are now adorning notice boards around the Camden Locks.

      Repose in peace my jewish princess!

      limpet (her slave)

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      4evAmyWinehouse 5 years ago

      There will never be another Amy Winehouse. Pity that we lost her at such a young age-- talent like hers would have only grown & blossomed even more over time. I treasure the recordings & videos that are left,but wish with all my heart we still had our Amy. Fly with the angels,Jade Mermaid!! xxxxxxxx

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      The best of the best.

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      MusicFan57 5 years ago

      Heavily got into Amy about 1 month before her passing. On that morning, I had videos pulled up that I was watching of her. I come back from shopping, and saw the news, quite shocking. One of my favorite live performances of hers is of "Valerie", just her and someone playing an acoustic guitar. She's just sitting on a sofa, singing. It's up on youtube and it's fantastic! Great lens, thanks for making it. Love and miss Amy.

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      ananimoss2 6 years ago

      Incredibly talented musician...

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      thetreatmentcen 6 years ago

      well done- great tribute to her

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I was not a particular fan of Amy Winehouse but to see her life cut short in this way is a tragedy and my sympathies go to her family.

      I was interested to hear commentators say that she had joined the "27 Club" - artistes who died at the age of 27 and you may like to look more into this Rich for a series of lenses. Other members of the "27 club" include Jimi Hendrix and Rolling Stone Brian Jones.

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      NoYouAreNot 6 years ago

      She was so talented and had such a great voice! I like her music a lot -- but this ending was inevitable, we all saw it coming. Pity!

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      Holley Web 6 years ago

      Surely a sad loss for the music world and for her family. A life cut short too soon. Excellent write up on her.

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      Rehab can be as risky for the health than addiction... I know it from experience as one of my loved ones passed away while on rehab treatment. This being said, I don't know what Amy exactly died from; I just know that she was 27 like my loved one and that she didn't live long enough.

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      @jlshernandez: I'm inclined to agree with this.

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      @jlshernandez: I'm inclined to agree with this.

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      jackkellner 6 years ago

      RIP Ms. Winehouse

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      I just heard the news this morning from my son...what a tragedy and huge loss to the music world.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Shucks, such talent wasted and she is only 27. Only a year older than me. It sucks to die that early, but it makes us think about enjoying life a little more. RIP Winehouse!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      She had the soul and voice of the great blues divas from the 40s and 50s. Such a sad end. No one should die at only 27. Great tribute!

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      puerdycat lm 6 years ago

      Love Amy. Found her "Will you still love me tomorrow?" for my "Valentine's Day or Not" https://hubpages.com/holidays/my-valentines-day-2...

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Oh, I was so saddened to learn of her death. She was only 27 years old - somehow, I thought she was older; she had such a professional and mature voice. Definitely, she was an amazing soul singer - a shame that she didn't receive the help she needed, in time.

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      luvmyludwig lm 6 years ago

      Although not a shock, Amy Winehouse's death is tragic and sad. I so wish someone could have gotten through to her.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      So sad that Amy is gone.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      I am not familiar with Amy's songs but I know of her through the media coverage of her rehab stints and brush with the law. I am not surprised that her life was short-lived. The body can only take so much substance abuse.

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      RuthCoffee 6 years ago

      It was very sad to hear of her death. Not surprising, but I had been holding out hope someone would be able to reach her. She was definitely talented, we will all miss out on her music.

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      Lisa 6 years ago from Rhode Island

      I have watched British TV and read British papers for sometime and find yes she was almost destine for death but not only for her use of drugs and alcohol but yet how people treated her she had to get the law to stop constant media hounding then Tv shows like gram making her look ugly news papers with photos of her at her worse all this did was make her feel awful where was the support My dad was an alcoholic he almost died he laying on the floor telling me at age twelve I am going to try rehab again for you honey I want to stop hurting you I told him he needed to do it for himself and if love is part of that then it will help it work, what did she have. where the people sad saying please get help instead of laughing when gram put her drunk photos up her. having self harming and eating disorders says a very very sad women feeling a need for some control in here life . you know in this country if you are a harm to yourself or others you can be state hospitalized but money frightens to many away doesn't it. sorry but I agree I find this a huge tragedy. and yet it keeps happening over and over again. these entertainers most are in pain and or sick seems fans and critics just don't get it. great lens thank you for writing it beautiful.

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Sad news. Too bad so much talent has been lost. Hopefully her music will be remembered more than her addiction.

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      Carol Fisher 6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      When I heard yesterday she'd died, I wasn't surprised. Her addiction problems were so serious and longstanding it seemed the end was tragically inevitable. What a waste of a wonderful gift. She has left such a small but wonderful body of work but who knows what she could have accomplished with more time. So very sad.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a talent and wasted one at that, sadly! Can't agree more with your observation "It seems that performers with a tortured soul are prone to produce soul in their work." - Now it is 'Back to Black' for Amy! Nicely done tribute. Thanks for sharing.

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      Addy Bell 6 years ago

      When I heard of Amy Winehouse's death this morning I was not surprised. Sadly, I knew more about her struggles with addiction than her music.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I wrote this little song in her memory. So young and talented. Such a great loss.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmYC40vmfl4

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done page. I'm sorry to say that I am not very knowledgeable about Amy Winehouse but it is a tragedy that someone so young is gone...