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Amy Winehouse

Much can be said about the late Amy Winehouse, one of the U.K.'s flagship vocalists during the 2000s. The British press and tabloids seemed to focus on her rowdy behavior, heavy consumption of alcohol, and tragic end, but fans and critics alike embraced her rugged charm, brash sense of humor, and distinctively soulful and jazzy vocals. Her platinum-selling breakthrough album, Frank (2003), elicited comparisons ranging from Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan to Macy Gray and Lauryn Hill. Interestingly enough, despite her strong accent and vernacular, one can often hear aspects of each of those singers' vocal repertoires in Winehouse's own voice. Nonetheless, her allure had always been her songwriting -- almost always deeply personal but best known for its profanity and brutal candor.

Born to a taxi-driving father and a pharmacist mother, Winehouse grew up in the Southgate area of northern London. Her upbringing was surrounded by jazz. Many of the uncles on her mother's side were professional jazz musicians, and even her paternal grandmother was romantically involved with British jazz legend Ronnie Scott at one time. While at home, she listened to and absorbed her parents' selection of greats: Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra among others. However, in her teens, she was drawn to the rebellious spirit of TLC, Salt-N-Pepa, and other American R&B and hip-hop acts of the time. At the age of 16, after she had been expelled from London's Sylvia Young Theatre School, she caught her first break when pop singer Tyler James, a schoolmate and close friend, passed on her demo tape to his A&R representative, who was searching for a jazz vocalist. That opportunity led to her recording contract with Island Records. By the end of 2003, when she was 20 years old, Island had released her debut album, Frank. With contributions from hip-hop producer/keyboardist Salaam Remi, Winehouse's amalgam of jazz, pop, soul, and hip-hop received rave reviews. The album was nominated for the 2004 Mercury Music Prize as well as two Brit Awards, and its lead single, "Stronger Than Me," won an Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song.

Following Winehouse's debut, the accolades and inquiring interviews appeared concurrently in the press with her tempestuous public life. Several times she showed up to her club or TV performances too drunk to sing an entire set. In 2006, her management company finally suggested that she enter rehab for alcohol abuse, but instead, she dumped the company and transcribed the ordeal into the U.K. Top Ten hit "Rehab," the lead single for her second, critically acclaimed album, Back to Black. Containing evocative productions from Salaam Remi and British DJ/multi-instrumentalist Mark Ronson, the album somewhat abandoned jazz, delving into the sounds of '50s/'60s-era girl group harmonies, rock & roll, and soul. The fanfare over the release was so great that it started to spill over onto U.S. shores; several rappers and DJs made their own remixes of various songs, not to mention covers by Prince and the Arctic Monkeys.

One month after Winehouse won Best Female Artist at the Brit Awards in February 2007, Universal released Back to Black in the U.S. The LP charted higher than any other American debut by a British female recording artist before it, and it remained in the Top Ten for several months, selling a million copies by the end of that summer. Just as in the U.K., she became the talk of the town, landing on the covers of Rolling Stone and Spin magazines. Not long afterward, though, Winehouse canceled her North American tour. Early reports revealed that she was entering rehab for alcohol and drug addiction, but her new management denied the claims, stating it was due to severe exhaustion. Her erratic behavior kept her and her new husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, in the tabloids constantly, on and off stages on both sides of the Atlantic, but in late 2007, American fans were finally given a chance to hear Winehouse's early work, with a slightly abbreviated (two songs removed and one added) version of Frank.

Unfortunately, the next four years were filled with drama, disappointment, and very little music. By 2009, her marriage had ended in divorce, she had repeatedly been arrested on assault charges and/or public order offenses, her struggles with substance abuse and mental health issues tragically played out in the press. Public performances turned into incoherent disasters, the worst of them posted to video-sharing sites for all to see. A track on the Quincy Jones tribute Q: Soul Bossa Nostra appeared in 2010, while a duet with Tony Bennett was announced in early 2011, but a planned follow-up to Back to Black would never make it past the demo stage. Winehouse was found dead in her Camden, London apartment on July 23, 2011. The coroner's report, delivered three months later, revealed that her blood alcohol content had reached a potentially fatal level.

Nearly two months after her death, Winehouse's first posthumous appearance was released on Tony Bennett's Duets II, where she duetted with him on "Body and Soul." Near the end of 2011, her family's foundation announced the release of Lioness: Hidden Treasures, a posthumous compilation featuring recordings from throughout her career (although a few of the arrangements were recorded after her death). A year after Lioness came At the BBC, a deluxe CD/DVD set -- available both as a four-disc box and a smaller two-disc compilation -- rounding up all of her live performances for the British Broadcasting Company.

In the summer of 2015, Amy, a documentary by director Asif Kapadia, told her story through photographs, archival footage (in the studio and out), and music. Much of this media had not been available previously. It also contained interviews with friends, family, musical collaborators, and the late singer. That October, a soundtrack was issued that alternated previously released and unreleased Winehouse material with pieces from the film's score. ~ Cyril Cordor
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Lioness: Hidden Treasures

1. Our Day Will Come

2. Between The Cheats

3. Tears Dry

4. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

5. Like Smoke

6. Valerie

7. The Girl From Ipanema

8. Half Time

9. Wake Up Alone

10. Best Friends, Right?

11. Body And Soul

12. A Song For You

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Track List: Back To Black

1. Rehab

2. You Know I'm No Good

3. Me & Mr. Jones

4. Just Friends

5. Back To Black

6. Love Is A Losing Game

7. Tears Dry On Their Own

8. Wake Up Alone

9. Some Unholy War

10. He Can Only Hold Her

11. Addicted

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Track List: Back To Black [Edited Version]

1. Rehab

2. You Know I'm No Good

3. Me & Mr. Jones

4. Just Friends

5. Back To Black

6. Love Is A Losing Game

7. Tears Dry On Their Own

9. Some Unholy War

10. He Can Only Hold Her

11. Addicted

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Track List: Pumps / Help Yourself (Explicit)

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Track List: Frank

1. Intro / Stronger Than Me

2. You Sent Me Flying / Cherry

4. I Heard Love Is Blind

5. (There Is) No Greater Love

6. In My Bed

7. Take The Box

8. October Song

9. What Is It About Men

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Track List: Back To Black: B-Sides

1. Valerie

2. Cupid

3. Monkey Man

4. Some Unholy War (Down Tempo)

5. Hey Little Rich Girl

6. You're Wondering Now

7. To Know Him Is To Love Him (Live)

8. Love Is A Losing Game (Demo Version)

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Track List: Frank (B-Sides)

1. Take The Box (Demo)

2. I Heard Love Is Blind (Demo)

3. Someone To Watch Over Me (Demo)

4. What It Is (Demo)

5. Teach Me Tonight (Hootenanny)

6. 'Round Midnight

7. Fool's Gold (B-Side)

8. Stronger Than Me (Later With Jools Holland)

9. I Heard Love Is Blind (Live At Concorde)

10. Take The Box (Live At Concorde)

11. In My Bed (Live At Concorde)

12. Mr Magic (Through The Smoke) (Janice Long Session)

13. (There Is) No Greater Love (Janice Long Session)

14. F**k Me Pumps (MJ Cole Remix)

15. Take The Box (Seijis Buggin' Mix)

16. Stronger Than Me (Harmonic 33 Remix)

17. In My Bed (CJ Mix)

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Track List: Frank (Explicit)

2. Stronger Than Me

7. I Heard Love Is Blind

10. (There Is) No Greater Love

11. In My Bed

12. Take The Box

13. October Song

14. What Is It About Men

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Track List: Like Smoke / Our Day Will Come (Single)

1. Like Smoke

2. Our Day Will Come

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Track List: Rehab (Radio Single)

1. Rehab (feat. Jay-Z)

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Track List: You Know I'm No Good (Single)

2. You Know I'm No Good (Feat. Ghostface Killah)

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Rip amy
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Gone too soon...
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RIP
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Amy was the best!! Sometimes, when I think of her death I cry a little!����� � I'll always love you Amy!!!!!����
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Gone too soon really enjoy all her music rest in peace Miss Winehouse
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she hit my soul every song touched us one way or another
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Funny. I think Back to Black (song) is quite good. From the documentary I saw about her, I would have never considered listening to her music. But, this song has definitely changed my mind.
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I LOVE THIS SONG....
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Girl love��‍❤️‍��
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Love u I relate
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Gone to soon......
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she was a beautiful young lady her music gives me chill bumps may she rest in peace
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@drtimchiro she died of alcohol
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Haven't heard much of her music? Should I listen to some of it? Someone reply. Also how did she die?��
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Raw talent, I would share my spoons with you Amy ❣️rip
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Amy!!!! You're my favorite!!!� � R.I.P!!!���� Love you!!!!
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I LOVE YOU SOO MUCH!!
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The House will always love you!
Amy has left...
RIP.... ��
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Rip Amy wine house love y
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She died
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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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You are the best girl ever!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! And you are hot ❤️❤️❤️��❤️❤️
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I miss her
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Aaaaaah love her
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Thank you Amy for giving us part of your talent.
I will keep you voice alive and close to my heart.
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Wow can't believe she gone may God rest her soul. .����
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I am not even a TWEEN yet only 9 years old and I loved her
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So loved and so missed....Mi s s i n g your voice Amy!
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Still to this day your voice resonates in my heart, I pray you are in heaven in peace. I pray for your loved ones that they find peace as well. You are probably singing to the Lord in Heaven....
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Srsly it ends ❤️This is for you,MY BEST FRIEND.��Rea d till the end, it's adorable.�� I sent an angel to watch over you last night but it came back.When I asked "why" the angel said "Angels don't watch over angles" �� Twenty angles are in your world.Ten of them are sleeping, nine of them are playing and one is reading this message.God has seen you struggling with some things and God says it's over.���� A blessing is coming your way. If you believe in God, send this to 14 friends,incl u d i n g me ����
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❤️This is for you,MY BEST FRIEND.��Rea d till the end, it's adorable.�� I sent an angel to watch over you last night but it came back.When I asked "why" the angel said "Angels don't watch over angles" �� Twenty angles are in your world.Ten of them are sleeping, nine of them are playing and one is reading this message.God has seen you struggling with some things and God says it's over.���� A blessing is coming your way. If you believe in God, send this to 14 friends,incl u d i n g me ������
If I don't
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But how?
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Noooo
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❤she died❤
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��she died��
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just think how much more she would have done
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A big fan of Amy winehouse it's really sad how she died �� r.i.p. Amy and we love you
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One of a kind. Gone way too soon!
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MERAVIGLIOSA ! ! ! ! ! !
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Amy. ❤️
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Seems the best always die young.
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RIP Amy Winehouse always remembered deep lyrics deep meaning
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Jeff-Laura.. . . . . Ummmm ....what???? ? ?
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