Singer, songwriter, Amy Winehouse
birth name: Amy Jade Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

September 14, 1983, Enfield, England ~ July 23, 2011, London, England

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 repertoire 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. ~ Allmusic: Amy Winehouse ~ retrieved April 24, 2014 © Allmusic

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With a husky, tart voice and a style that drew equally from the sounds of Motown and the stark storytelling of rap, Ms. Winehouse became one of the most acclaimed young singers of the past decade, selling millions of albums, winning five Grammy Awards and starting a British retro-R&B trend that continues today. Yet, almost from the moment she arrived on the international pop scene in early 2007, Ms. Winehouse appeared to flirt with self-destruction. She sang of an alcohol-soaked demimonde in songs like Rehab - whose refrain, “They tried to make me go to rehab/I said, ‘No, no, no,’ ” crystallized Ms. Winehouse’s persona - and before long it seemed to spill over into her personal life and fuel lurid headlines. The interplay between Ms. Winehouse’s life and art made her one of the most fascinating figures in pop music since Kurt Cobain, whose demise in 1994 - also at age 27 - was preceded by drug abuse and a frustration with fame as something that could never be escaped. Yet in time, the notoriety from Ms. Winehouse’s various drug arrests, public meltdowns and ruined concerts overshadowed her talent as a musician, and her career never recovered. ~ New York Times: Amy Winehouse Obituary ~ July 23, 2011 © New York Times

Amy Winehouse ~ Awarded a 2007 Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist.

Amy Winehouse ~ Frank (2003) ~ #367 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012

Amy Winehouse ~ Frank (2003) ~ Named one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die in 2008.

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