T.O.T.W – Amy Winehouse

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Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer and songwriter. She was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul (sometimes labelled as blue-eyed soul and neo soul), rhythm and blues, and jazz. Winehouse’s debut album, Frank (2003), was a critical success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her follow-up album, Back to Black (2006), led to five 2008 Grammy Awards, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made her the first British woman to win five Grammys, including three of the General Field “Big Four” Grammy Awards: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Winehouse won three Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors: 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.

Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on 23 July 2011, at the age of 27. Her album Back to Black posthumously became, for a time, the UK’s best-selling album of the 21st century.

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Amy Winehouse

I started listening to Amy Winehouse not long after she first released her Album Frank [2003] and just adored her voice, her very soul, style and essence. Sad Loss.  But how about you? Fan, follower? These are my top ten, what would yours be?

RIP 1983 – 2011

1 – You Know I’m No Good – 2006

2 – Rehab – 2006

3 – Valerie – 2006

4 – Back to Black – 2006

5 – Tears Dry on Their Own – 2006

6 – Love is a Losing Game – 2006

7 – You Sent Me flying – 2003

8 – October Song – 2003

9 – I Heard Love is Blind – 2003

10 – What is it About Men – 2003

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