We only said goodbye with words
Written by John K on August 18, 2017
In my head I paint a picture of what great things Amy Winehouse would have achieved had she still been here today. Leaving the world aged 27 she left behind a great legacy achieved over a short period of time.
Her sultry contralto vocals produced an eclectic mix of genres spanning jazz, rhythm and blues and soul and although she has now been gone for six years her music is more popular than ever. Her jazz-pop style made her an innovator in the music world.
Seeing old footage of live Amy on stage is something to behold. Her stage presence and tiny frame with big beehive hair and a big voice has blown away crowds. Her first album Frank was released in 2003 and Back to Black in 2006. Prior to releasing those albums Amy used to sing regularly in the Cobden Club in London.
The singer earned an entry into The Guinness Book of World Records in 2009 for most Grammy’s Won by a Female Artist. She gained a scholarship to the Sylvia Young Theatre School at 12 and got her first break at 16 when a friend of hers handed a demo tape into his label.
Although a short career, it was one that achieved so much – seven Grammy awards, three Ivor Novello Awards, one MOBO award, one MTV Music Award, one Urban Music Award – in total 25 awards with 60 nominations, that is some going by any music icons standards.
Amy’s Facebook page has over 10 million likes and during her time she had three number one albums but never a number one single. Extreme injustice that this may be, artists don’t have to hit the top spot to be great. Many other iconic artists haven’t either including Bruce Springsteen, Michael Buble, Barry Manilow and Tina Turner.
So this inevitable withdrawal means our future won’t benefit from any more of Amy Winehouse’s melodic creations, for me though Back to Black will forever remain in my top ten of albums to play.