Monday, 8 December 2014

My Week with Amy Winehouse

This week I have chosen to spend some time with Amy Winehouse. So before we begin, lets take a look at this huge talent, who sadly was taken before her time.

Amy Jade Winehouse was born in 1983 in London, England. She was bought up in a household where jazz music was the norm. Musicians in her family, it was clear she was a force to be reckoned with from an early age.

From what I've read and heard, Amy began song writing very early on and had her own guitar in her early teens. Its no surprise that she found major success at a very early age.

Her debut album 'Frank' was released in 2003. Amy co-wrote virtually every track. That's impressive for a 20 year old, even in this day and age where success can come early. To be so established so young, that stands out. So did her fabulously deep, sultry, jazz come blues vocals.

Frank was well received, but it was her second album, 'Back to Black' that took her into the stratosphere. It was released in 2006. It reached number 1 in the UK album chart and won all manner of awards for Amy. Deservedly so. She worked with Mark Ronson on the album, and the resulting debut single 'Rehab'  was best described as a phenomenon. This was the first song I remember hearing by her, and it will always stick with me, as its rare to hear a song this good.

Riding high on the success, she collaborated with other artists resulting in songs such as 'Valerie', again with Ronson. She continued to work right up to her death in 2011, with her last recorded song being with Tony Bennett on his Duets album.

Amy Winehouse not only sounded unique, but she had also developed a very original personal style. Everyone remembers her hairdo over and above all else in terms of her appearance. It must have taken cans of hairspray that beehive!! She had such style, such charisma, but sadly also such addictions.

Its well documented that she led a troubled personal life, so I won't go into that here. For me, I just remember her music, and that's all I want to focus on in this tribute to a great great talent.

Over the next seven days I shall choose 7 of her songs, and post a review on each, then decide which of those is my favourite. I'm really looking forward to this. Its been a while since I listened to Amy's music, but she was so talented, I'm going to really enjoy this, and am excited to get started.

Stay tuned for Day 1's choice. If you can't wait, then you can check out my previous choices over at My Music page. Just click here. Happy listening :)

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