Amy Winehouse

It seems hardly possible that it’s been 10 years to the day that Amy Winehouse died.

She was one of the most talented singers of her generation. The daughter of a London cabbie, himself also a musician, she went to the local Susi Earnshaw Theatre School before attending the famous Sylvia Young Theatre School.

Her debut album Frank, mostly co-written by her was released on 20th October 2003, with the record going on to be nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and achieving platinum sales.

She was subsequently nominated for the Brit Awards in the categories of British Female Solo Artist and British Urban Act. In 2004 she and her co-writer Salaam Remi won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song, for their first single together Stronger Than Me.

Three years later, she released her album Back To Black, featuring the singles Rehab and You Know I’m No Good, and it went on to become the biggest selling album in the UK in 2007 and to win the Grammy for record of the year for Rehab.

In the early hours of 23rd July 2011 her bodyguard found her unresponsive in her London home in Camden Town, she was pronounced dead at the scene, having, it was subsequently discovered, more than five times the legal drink-drive limit. A shocking waste of a colossal talent.

5 thoughts on “Amy Winehouse”

  1. Her father also got her reacquainted with booze, after her recovery.

    The other sad thing was: her laptop was on the last youtube video she watched. It was a video of one of her own videos, scrolled down to the comments area.

    There were harsh things said of Amy at the time.

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  2. When I lived in Camden, I used to see her all the time, usually in Inverness Street, around The Good Mixer. She looked scared and frail, and was usually accompanied by a couple of bodyguards as big as grizzly bears. I nodded to her once as I walked past, and she smiled at me.
    I had first seen her at an open air concert in Penshurst Place, Kent. It was before ‘Frank’ was released, and she was on the bill below The Isley Brothers, and Kool and The Gang. She looked ‘normal’ then, buying an ice cream from a van, and saying ‘hello’ to us as she walked past to go backstage.
    One of the best singers of my lifetime, undoubtedly.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Blimey! There’s a story, little did I know of your youthful adventures. My claim is that I nearly ran over, the less talented, Madonna as she came out of Cyprianis in Davies Street, Mayfair.

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