Such an amazing talent almost forgotten 6 years later… A troubled young woman left alone in a very dark place….R.I.P. 🙏 (23 July 2011).
Amy Winehouse was a proper Jews girl from Southgate, London, surrounded by jazz music since an early age as many of her uncles were actually professional jazz musicians. She bought her first guitar at 14 and started writing music at 15, working as an entertainment journalist for the World Entertainment News Network, in addition to singing with local group the Bolsha Band to earn a living and be independent. In July 2000, she became the featured female vocalist with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
She released her first album Frank in 2003 at the age of 20. The album reached platinum sales and Amy was nominated for Brit Awards in the categories of “British Female Solo Artist” and “British Urban Act” in 2004.
In 2006 she changed her music interest into girls groups from 1950/1960 releasing the 2 hit singles “You Know I’m No Good” and “Rehab“. The album Back to Black was released in the UK on 30 October 2006. It went to number one on the UK Albums Chart for two weeks in January 2007 and It was the best-selling album in the UK of 2007, with 1.85 million copies sold over the year.
In the summer of 2007, she performed in the various festival but from November, her tour didn’t go so well as Amy was looking always intoxicating and unable to perform: the rest of the tour was cancelled under medical advice.
In February 2008, Winehouse won the Grammy Awards in the following categories: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the single “Rehab,” and Best Pop Vocal Album and Back to Black was nominated for Album of the Year.
By 12 March, the album had sold a total of 2,467,575 copies—318,350 copies putting the album on the UK’s top-10 best-selling albums of the 21st century for the first time.
Amy wasn’t able to perform in tour anymore even though many attempts were made but they always ended up in disasters pushing her more on edge.
She was hospitalised for 2006 for what was reported as an overdose of heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine and alcohol but in various interviews, she admitted to having such problems with self-harm, depression, and eating disorders.
Her father Mitch was often held responsible, from the public, for Amy unhealthy habits as instead of helping her through rehab, he took advantage of her fame to grow his personal status insisting for her to stay out and keep singing.
Few hours before dying, one of her friends since childhood reported that Amy called her saying she wanted to meet the day after as she was ready to quit alcohol and drugs and take control of her life again. She died alone a few hours later, during the night of the 23rd of July 2011 at the age of 27 in her house in Camden Town.
- Watch here Amy Winehouse – The Girl Done Good: A Documentary Review
- Winehouse’s debut DVD I Told You I Was Trouble: Live in London
- Amy, the movie (2015)
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