Amy Winehouse definitely left her mark on the music industry. She was best known, musically, for her unique singing voice, and for her creative fusions of R&B, soul and jazz. Her most famous songs included ‘Rehab’ and ‘Back to Black’, and achieved worldwide fame with the album of the same. She also collaborated with Mark Ronson for the hugely successful 2007 hit, ‘Valerie’, which sold over 150000 copies.
Winehouse was also widely known for her battle with drugs and alcohol. In various interviews she has admitted to self-harming due to depression, and suffering from an eating disorder. In August 2007, Winehouse was hospitalised for what was reported as an overdose of heroin, ecstasy, cocaine, ketamine and alcohol. Just one month before her death, she appeared on stage for her comeback tour but was in such a terrible state of drunkenness, that she was booed off by her fans in Belgrade, Serbia. She was then told by her manager to go home and rest up, and all upcoming gigs were cancelled.
The news of her death certainly shook the world. Fans and fellow celebrities paid their tributes on Twitter and Facebook, barely an hour after her death, and her 2006 hit “Back to Black” has soared straight back into the top 10, a mere one day after her passing.
Winehouse won 5 Grammy awards for her album ‘Back to Black’, making her the first ever British female artist to win that many, and also achieved ‘Best British Female Artist’ at the 2007 Brits awards.
Her death has made her a member of the legendary 27 Club, which includes musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain. It is the famous words of the latter (who quoted Neil Young), which come to mind when looking over the life of Amy Winehouse; “It’s better to burn out than fade away”, and I think most of us will agree that her life was built up to reflect this philosophy.
Although her life is sadly over, her music will live on eternally, and one can hope that she will be remembered for her unique talent and successful musical career, rather than her rock ‘n roll lifestyle and problems with drugs and alcohol.