Wednesday, 14 September 2011

A Rose For Amy

Amy Jade Winehouse would have been twenty-eight today. Who knows which direction popular music would have taken over the next decade, had she still been alive. We will never know. With just two albums in her short career Winehouse, and music itself seemed destined for great things once again; classic soul and vocal jazz have experienced a renaissance as a result. In the current issue of MOJO, former Ronettes lead singer Ronnie Spector (herself a huge influence on Winehouse) paid a touching tribute to the soul singer-songwriter.

Also today, on MTV and VH1, Winehouse's duet with Tony Bennett on the classic jazz standard "Body and Soul" was released. The track is also featured on Bennett's upcoming album of duets with a variety of singers. Proceeds from the Winehouse and Bennett track will go to benefit to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, launched today by Amy's father Mitch to "raise awareness and support for organizations that help vulnerable, young adults with problems such as addiction."

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