My eldest daughter introduced me to Amy’s music, she came home from school one day and said, mum “I’ve got some music you’ll like”. hmm I thought… lets’s hear it then and she played the first few tracks of Frank.. I was hooked, I played it in the car every day for a month… we would skip past the lyrics I thought weren’t suitable for the younger ones… 15 years later… we’re all listening to Amy and wishing that she or someone had tried to save her from herself.
We will never find out what she would have become and what she’d be doing now.
Amy Jade Winehouse was born in September 1983 .
She was known for her beehive, her deep, expressive vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including R&B, blues, and jazz. Her debut album, Frank came out in 2003, it was was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her follow-up album, Back to Black came out in 2006, it led to five 2008 Grammy Awards., Our girl was on fire! And her beehive got taller!
Amy won three Ivor Novello Awards: in 2004, Best Contemporary Song for “Stronger Than Me”; in 2007, Best Contemporary Song again, this time for “Rehab”; and in 2008, Best Song Musically and Lyrically for “Love Is a Losing Game.”
She also won the 2007 Brit Award for Best British Female Artist, having been nominated for Best British Album, with Back to Black.
Some say Amy’s marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil led to her downfall, there must have been some good in there once upon a time…, it couldn’t have all been drugs and alcohol or could it? We’ll never know.
The lyric in Wake up alone – I stay up clean the house – At least I’m not drinking– shows how much she battled to say sober.
It’s okay in the day I’m staying busy
Tied up enough so I don’t have to wonder where is he ( Yeah, where was he and why did he treat her so bad?
Got so sick of crying
So just lately
When I catch myself I do a 180
I stay up clean the house
At least I’m not drinking
Run around just so I don’t have to think about thinking
That silent sense of content
That everyone gets
Just disappears soon as the sun sets
Amy died of alcohol poisoning on 23 July 2011, aged 27.
Following her death in 2011, Universal released a posthumous album of B-sides and covers titled Lioness: Hidden Treasures. The album didn’t do as well as they expected (but I loved it), so Universal UK CEO David Joseph destroyed the remainder of Amy’s unfinished demos. WHY? I scream. But wait… a certain Mr Gil Cang, a composer and musician from Camden, uploaded one of Amy’s earlier recordings in February this year… it is beautiful – check it out – My Own Way
Rest in peace Amy. You are my number one diva.