Music / Amy Winehouse

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"For you I was a flame / love is a losing game."

Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 23 July 2011) was a Soul/R&B/Jazz singer and songwriter, active from 2000 to 2011. Her two albums, Frank and Back to Black, both received critical acclaim, and Back to Black won five Grammys, making Winehouse the first ever British artist to win that many. She also won a number of other prestigious awards throughout her career, including 3 Ivor Novello awards, a Mobo award, a world music award, a Q music award, an MTV Europe Music Award and a Brit award. Both of her albums spun off several hit singles; she had 15 charted singles in total throughout her career spanning only nine years, including many covers and collaborations with artists such as Tony Bennett and Quincy Jones. Back to Black would eventually become the best selling album of the 00's and the entire 21st century in the United Kingdom, but also enjoyed considerable mainstream success abroad, including all over Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, and America.

Winehouse would go on to influence many subsequent female singers of the 00's with the likes of Adele, Jessie J, Paloma Faith, Duffy, Florence Welch, Emeli Sandé, Lana Del Rey, and Lady Gaga citing her as a big influence as well as a reason for their success. She is credited by many as an influence in the rise of popularity of the eccentric female singer-songwriter all over the world as well as revitalising soul music and the stagnated British music scene, and also for kicking off a third British Invasion.

In the later years of her life she attempted to launch the career of her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield, whom she was also a mentor and best friend to.

She also had myriad personal problems, however, including drug and alcohol abuse and depression, which made her a tabloid magnet and ruined her marriage. She was working on a third album when she was found dead in her London flat on 23 July 2011, becoming the latest in a long line of musicians to die at the age of 27.

Following her death, her father set up a charity called The Amy Winehouse Foundation in her honour, to help those affected with drug and alcohol addictions around the world.


Discography:

  • Frank (2003)
  • Back to Black (2006)
  • Lioness: Hidden Treasures (Posthumous compilation album) (2011)


Tropes related to Amy Winehouse:

  • Going Cold Turkey: Killed her. It's a terrible idea to just stop taking opiates, especially as her health was poor to begin with.
  • Hammerspace Hair: In 2008, Amy was filmed taking cocaine on stage, after apparently taking the vial out of her hair.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Perhaps she should have said "yes" to rehab.
  • Rockumentary: Amy, which covers her whole life and career.
  • Shout-Out: "October Song" namechecks legendary jazz singer Sarah Vaughan in the chorus.
  • Super Group: As "Truth+Soul" with Adele and Aloe Blacc for the L.A. Noire soundtrack.
  • Worst News Judgement Ever: Though nothing against Amy herself, the death of one person who the press had been vilifying for 5 years covered up the single worst spree killing in living memory for a few days until people started calling the British press out on it.
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