Amy Winehouse. Love her or hate her, singing legend doesn’t leave anyone careless. Her life is a disastrous rollercoaster but after all there is her talent. Singer and songwriter, the queen of soul, jazz, rock-n-roll and R&B. If she asks, if you have ever been in love, don’t say yes. There has never been a woman so deeply in love.
Amy Winehouse was British singer-songwriter known for her electric mix of various musical genres – soul, jazz, rock-n-roll and some R&B. She was the first British artist to win five Grammy Awards, including three of the”Big Four”: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Amy Jade Winehouse was born in the Southgate area of Enfield, London on 14th of September in 1983. She was raised in a Jewish family of four: her father Mitchell, taxi driver, her mother Janis, pharmacist, and her older brother Alex. Little Amy’s singing started off by singing Sinatra songs she heard around the house. Her father Mitch used to sing around the house when babysitting his children. By the time she was old enough to go to school she took a constant of singing to the point that teachers found it difficult keeping her quiet in class.
Well, Amy’s love for singing and suggestion of grandmother Cynthia took her to The Susi Earnshaw Theatre School. At age 10 Winehouse founded a rap band Sweet ‘n’ Sour along with her friend Juliette Ashby. Four years later Amy was accepted to full time training at Sylvia Young Theatre School from where she got expelled for “not applying herself”. Amy pierced her nose.
When Amy’s parents split she was 9. She and her older brother Alex mostly lived with their mother in Southgate – a London suburb best known for housing the Priory, a celebrity-friendly rehab hospital. “She was always very self-willed,” her father Mitch tells Rolling Stone in 2007. “Not badly behaved but… different.”
With other children from the Sylvia Young School, she appeared in an episode of The Fast Show, also known as the Brilliant in 1997. She later attended The London School for Performing Arts & Technology in Selhurst, Croydon.
By 16, Amy Winehouse lands a deal with Simon Fuller’s management company. He is the man behind American Idol. She eventually signs with Island Records.
North London’s vocal prodigy known as Amy Winehouse spent her early years balancing boyfriends and school just like most teenagers. However unlike her peers she was secretly maturing one of the most distinctive sets of vocal chords known to man.
When Amy got expelled from school her schoolmate and a close friend pop singer Tyler James passed on her demo tape to his A&R, who was searching for a jazz vocalist. That opportunity led to her recording contract with Island Records. By the end of 2003, when Amy turned 20, Island had released her debut album, Frank.
Hip-hop producer/keyboardist Salaam Remi has contributed much to young Amy’s amalgam of jazz, pop, soul, and hip-hop. The album received rave reviews and was admired by critics. Frank was nominated for the 2004 Mercury Music Prize as well as two Brit awards, and its lead single, ‘Stronger Than Me,’ won an Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song.
In 2006 Amy released Back to Black with a smashing hit ‘Rehab’ which led her to six Grammy Award nominations and five wins. Miss Winehouse has tied up records for the most wins by a female artist in a single night and made her the first British singer to win five Grammys. Three of which are out of the “Big Four”: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Amy Winehouse has received media attention apart from her singing. Her distinctive style and most notable beehive hairstyle have spread imitators and have inspired fashion designers, most notably Karl Lagerfeld who’s most known for Chanel.
While working on her next album, teh follow up to Back To Black, Amy reportedly infuriated her record label bosses by delaying the recording of her solo album – to collaborate with GORILLAZ. “They were not happy to say the least. Imagine how they felt when they realised she had agreed to work with Gorillaz? They couldn’t believe it,” a source said. “It’s an unnecessary distraction. They think she should invest all her energy in her own music.”
Amy performed at 2009 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. on April 18th. Other performers included Franz Ferdinand, The Ting Tings, and Paul McCartney.
On October 10, 2009 Amy had her first live TV show performance at Dancing With The Stars when she provided backing vocals for her 13-year-old goddaughter Dionne Bromfield.
In October 2010 Amy unveiled her debut clothing line with Freddy Perry. The line is inspired by the 50s and includes 17 pieces, both apparel and accessories.
In November 2010 Amy’s come-back plans were revealed. In December Amy had her big gig in Russia and then headed for a six-day tour in Brazil in January 2011. Her first European tour in years was supposed to include 12 dates and last from June to August 2011 but right after the first gig in Serbia Amy canceled the tour because she couldn’t perform the “best of her ability.”
Double platinum Frank turned out to be a jazz-inflected album with scratchy beats interlaced with uplifting horns and a swinging Wurlitzer which perfectly balances the darker agonized lyrical content which explores the pain of a previous breakup. It went all the way to platinum in the U.K. While the single, ‘Stronger Than Me,’ wins Winehouse the Ivor Novello songwriting award for Best Contemporary Song, she seems dissatisfied with the album’s slick packaging and arrangements. “I can’t even listen to Frank any more,” she tells The Sun in 2006. “In fact, I’ve never been able to. I like playing the tracks live because that’s different, but listening to them is another story.” She later clarified this, saying: “I listen to it differently now. I am still really proud of it; I still think it’s a great album. But, with hindsight, there are some things I would have done differently… Just because I would do things a bit differently now doesn’t mean I don’t like what’s on that album.”
Frank elicited comparisons ranging from Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan to Macy Gray and Lauryn Hill.
The album entered the upper levels of the UK album chart in 2004 when it was nominated for BRIT Awards in the categories of British Female Solo Artist and British Urban Act. The album also made to the short list for the 2004 Mercury Music Prize. In the same year, she performed at the Glastonbury festival, on the Jazzworld stage, and at the V Festival.
The album debuted at number 61 on the Billboard 200 chart and has now gone double platinum selling an incredible 300,000 copies in 2007 alone.
|1||Stronger Than Me||Remi, Winehouse|
|2||You Sent Me Flying||Winehouse, Howard|
|4||Fuck Me Pumps||Remi, Winehouse|
|5||I Heard Love Is Blind||Winehouse|
|6||Moody’s Mood for Love||Moody, McHugh, Fields|
|7||(There Is) No Greater Love||Jones, Symes|
|8||In My Bed||Remi, Winehouse|
|9||Take the Box||Winehouse|
|10||October Song||Rowe, Winehouse, Skarbek|
|11||What Is It About Men||Smith, Watson, Winehouse, Howard|
|12||Help Yourself||Winehouse, Hogarth|
|13||Amy Amy Amy||Rowe, Winehouse, Skarbek|
For the second album Amy worked again with producer Salaam Remi but also brought in, man of the moment, Mark Ronson – DJ and multi-instrumentalist. The album’s success can be split between the two, of course apart from Amy herself. Album has been critically acclaimed across the world as well as bringing home 5 Grammy awards and a Brit award. Amy said, “After Frank I didn’t write for 18 months but when I met Mark [Ronson] I pretty much wrote the album in six months — he was so inspiring.”
In early 2006 tracks such as ‘Wake Up Alone’ and ‘Rehab’ appeared on Mark Ronson’s New York radio show on East Village Radio. The sounds of the album were delving into the sounds of ’50s/’60s-era girl group harmonies, rock & roll, and soul.
Promotion of Back to Black soon began, and in early October 2006, Winehouse’s official website was re-launched with a new layout and clips of previously unreleased songs.
Back To Black is the biggest selling UK album of 2007, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide and turned Amy into one of the hottest stars in the world. Widely regarded as a modern day masterpiece by critics and fans alike, the phenomenal UK chart success has been mirrored in the US where Back To Black entered the Billboard Hot 100 at no. 7 making Amy the highest debuting British female artist in the history of the US albums chart.
Singer’s allure has been her songwriting — almost always deeply personal, but best known for its profanity and brutal candor. ‘Rehab’ has become major hit all over the planet making her signature voice recognizable to all.
|2||You Know I’m No Good||Winehouse|
|3||Me & Mr. Jones||Winehouse|
|5||Back to Black||Ronson, Winehouse|
|6||Love Is a Losing Game||Winehouse|
|7||Tears Dry on Their Own||Ashford, Simpson, Winehouse|
|8||Wake Up Alone||O Duffy, Winehouse|
|9||Some Unholy War||Winehouse|
|10||He Can Only Hold Her||Poindexter, Poindexter, Winehouse|
|11||You Know I’m No Good [Remix]||Winehouse|
In addition to her own album, Amy Winehouse has collaborated with other artists on singles.
She was a vocalist on the song ‘Valerie’ on Ronson’s solo album Version. The indie rock song was featured on the feature film 27 Dresses. It was previously sung by The Zutons. Released as the album’s second single on 19 June 2006 in the United Kingdom, it peaked at number nine on the UK Singles Chart. The music video was directed by Scott Lyon. ‘Valerie’ was used by ITV during their coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Her work with ex-Sugababe Mutya Buena, ‘B Boy Baby,’ was released on 17 December 2007. It served as the fourth single from Buena’s solo debut album Real Girl.
In March 2010 it was revealed Amy’s next album was delayed again. Winehouse decided to drop some tracks from the album because they were negative towards Fielder-Civil. “Amy has written some of her best songs ever for this album but she now feels like they don’t belong,” The Daily Star reported. “She’s not going to put out an album just because her record company wants her to, so it’s back to the drawing board.”
Amy was back in the studio in April collaborating with Mark Ronson on the effort. It was revealed the new album was created in honor of music industry legend Quincy Jones. Mark Ronson soon dropped out of the project.
Amy’s new song (first in four years) ‘It’s My Party’ was leaked in early November 2010. The new song is a cover of Lesley Gore’s 1963 single that appears on Quincy Jones’ compilation album Q: Soul Bossa Nostra.
Amy Winehouse’s upbringing was surrounded by music, particularly jazz. A number of the uncles on her mother’s side were professional jazz musicians, and even her paternal grandmother was romantically involved with British jazz legend tenor saxophonist Ronnie Scott at one time.
While at home, little Amy listened to and absorbed her parents’ selection of greats: Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra among others. In her teens, she was drawn to the rebellious spirit of TLC, Salt-N-Peppa, and other R&B and hip-hop.
But it was jazz that molded her into the finished article we marvel at today. Vocally Amy’s sound may be more suited to a 50’s Manhattan basement club with swirling smoke and crushed velvet curtains but with her use of forefront beats and no surrender lyrics she is well and truly planted in the present.
Amy Winehouse is known for sounds of ’50s/’60s-era girl group harmonies, rock & roll, and soul.
Feb 2008 saw Amy Winehouse honoured with 5 of the US Recording Academy’s most prestigious awards: Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best New Artist, Song of the Year (‘Rehab’) and Record of the Year (‘Rehab’) at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. This incredible haul makes Amy the first ever British female artist to win 5 Grammys in one night and sees her join Lauryn Hill (1998), Alicia Keys (2001), Norah Jones (2002) and Beyonce (2003) in the elite band of female artists who have won 5 awards in one evening.
Amy received prestigious Ivor Novello award for ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ as Best Song Musically and Lyrically.
In November she won Best Pop Rock Female Artist at the World Music Awards 2008 in Monte Carlo.
At the MTV Europe Music Awards Amy received two awards – Album of the Year Back to Black and Artist’s Choice award. ‘Rehab’ was nominated as the most addictive track.
Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Song ‘Rehab’.
Best Female Solo Artist at BRIT Awards.
Elle Style Awards Best British Music Act.
South Bank Show Award for Best Pop.
Amy Winehouse performed two songs and accepted the award for Best UK Female at MOBO awards which is acronym of Music Of Black Origin.
At one of Britain’s biggest and best publicized music awards, the Q Award, Amy won Album of the Year prize.
Award for Musical Achievement at the Greatest Britons awards.
‘Stronger Than Me’ song received Ivor Novello for Best Contemporary Song (musically and lyrically).
At Mojo Awards Amy Winehouse won an award with ‘Rehab’ for Song of the Year.
In 2003, Amy meets Blake Fielder-Civil at a local bar. A handsome hanger-on from rural Lincolnshire, Fielder-Civil worked part-time on music video sets. Winehouse fell hard — his name was quickly tattooed on her chest.
The couple married in May 2007, but last November, he was arrested for the assault of an East End bar owner in June 2006. Fielder-Civil is currently serving time for assault and obstructing justice after brawling with a pub manager and then offering him $400,000 to keep quiet. He pleaded guilty and has just been sentenced to 27 months imprisonment. With her husband gone, Amy slid into despondency.
There are rumors Blake has changed his feelings for Amy and has got a lover. Her name is Sophie Schandorff, 21, blonde German model.
He filed for divorce in January 2009, the time Amy started speaking about her marriage and her drug and alcohol related issues. “Blake was rubbish in bed. Do you know what? Almost every time I slept with him it was like I was dead.” “I don’t know what’s going on with us now and for the time being I’ve just forgotten I’m even married. Our whole marriage was based on doing drugs,” she told News of The World newspaper.
“I was depressed, doing drugs and had no life in me at all. Home is hell for me. I’ve escaped from it. There are drugs everywhere. I can’t do anything without everyone thinking I’m off my head on drugs, although half the time they were right, I was,” she said while vacationing in St Lucia with her new beau, the 21-year-old Josh Bowman. “But here I feel so calm and peaceful and for the first time I can definitely say I am off the drugs. I haven’t touched anything since I arrived and I feel the best I have in years. Blake looks like me, a right mess. But Josh is all handsome and clean and that’s what I love about him. When I’m with Josh I don’t need drugs to feel good because he makes me feel so amazing.”
In April 2009 it was reported Amy’s ex had a lovechild while in rehab. “Amy’s gutted about Blake becoming a dad and moving on so quickly. She has always wanted to be a mother. She loves St Lucia and would move there for good in order to adopt,” a source revealed. “We’re still in love, though. I do love him. But guess what? He’s having a baby now and I’m so, so happy. My baby is having a baby!” Amy said for her documentary Saving Amy. “I couldn’t have given him kids – and anyway I want black kids, not white kids.”
However, this must be good news for Winehouse, as now Blake, who filed for divorce on seeing pics of Amy kissing Josh Bowman on holiday in St Lucia in December 2008, stands no chance to get hold of half of Amy’s $14-something-million fortune that he’s attempting to do during their on-going divorce case.
Amy’s divorce was finalized in July 2009. Amy admitted committing the adultery in April 2008. A month later Blake claimed the couple were still in love with each other and he wanted to propose to the singer again. However, Amy was spotted with a new man in mid September 2009.
In December 2009 Blake said he and Amy were engaged again and were going to start a family. He told The Sun: “Amy and I have talked about getting married again and starting a family. This time we’re doing things properly and hopefully that will help our families both come round to the idea. We’ve been through a lot but we love each other the same as ever. We tried to get on with our lives and see other people, but it wasn’t the same. I’m fed up with people trying to tear us apart. The only reason me and Amy want to be together is because we love each other.”
In January 2010 the rumor had it the couple were going to remarry in St. Lucia as soon as Blake was released from rehab in February.
In March 2010 Amy’s dad told Pulse Magazine that his daughter was dreaming of having kids with her husband. “She’s become so broody. She loves kids – especially all our little cousins. She’s been talking about having a baby and is now at the age where she wants to have a baby. But I can’t see her settling down with 15 children just yet,” he concluded.
In May 2010 it was revealed Amy’s on/off husband Blake had called off their new wedding thinking Winehouse was cheating on him with the neighbor. “They had a massive row before he left and she did little to reassure him that their relationship would be okay. He was due to move into her new house and they were serious about having a baby. Amy’s been ringing him but he’s stopped answering,” Britain’s Daily Star Sunday reported.
Around this same time Amy was seen with a new man, 33-year-old movie director Reg Traviss. Calling him “a normal bloke,” Amy said she’d moved on and never wanted to get back to Civil.
Amy and Reg split in late August 2010 after the claims he was cheating on her with his ex. “Amy’s told everyone that it’s over,” a source told The Sun. “She’s pretty cut up about it, she was serious about him. Amy is confused and vulnerable.” Despite the rumors, Amy and Reg were seen together on several occasion after the alleged “split.”
Amy had a love-hate relationship with the paparazzi. Press and tabloids seemed to focus on singer’s rowdy behavior and heavy consumption of alcohol, but fans and critics alike embraced her rugged charm, brash sense of humor and distinctively soulful and jazzy vocals. Karen Heller with The Philadelphia Inquirer summarized the maelstrom this way:
She’s only 25 with six Grammy nods, crashing headfirst into success and despair, with a codependent husband in jail, exhibitionist parents with questionable judgment, and the paparazzi documenting her emotional and physical distress. Meanwhile, a haute designer (Karl Lagerfeld) appropriates her disheveled style and eating issues to market to the elite while proclaiming her the new Bardot.”
Amy, and her sometimes contentious relationship and marriage with the equally troubled Blake Fielder-Civil overtook her rare talent and huge success. She turned into a performer of uneven concert appearances, which have included drunken behavior and assaults. To those who never heard her music she became famous for her battles with various authorities, ranging from the American Embassy in London, which denied her a visa to travel to the U.S. to perform at the Grammy Awards, to her father.
Once Amy started establishing her wild-child reputation, the tabloids jumped on her story and never let go. We, the media trumpeted her missed concerts, shaky performances, weight loss, and shambling manner. One set of photos, in 2007, showed her bloodied after an apparent argument with Fielder-Civil; another, from a raw-looking video, showed her apparently smoking crack.
In early February 2009 it was reported Amy gave her parents all rights to control her $21 million fortune in an attempt to solve her drug problems and turn her life around. Amy can no longer pay out profits, make payments or loans, hire staff, change bank arrangements or appoint a director without the permission of her parents. “Everyone is pleased because it means Amy is listening to good advice,” a source said. “It’s still her money and nobody else can touch it. But this stops her doing anything stupid. And it is evidence that Amy is really turning her life around.”
Later that month it was reported Amy was going to move out of London and get herself a property in St. Lucia, the Caribbean island Amy had been staying on since December 2008. “Amy loves it over there and being away from it all has helped her hugely in the fight against drugs,” a friend of the singer told The Sun. “Her family thinks the best way to keep her out of trouble is to have a house in the suburbs and a place in the Caribbean where she can totally get away.” “Amy is fed up with all the stress and trauma that comes with being in London,” a source revealed in late April 2009. “She has made so many friends in St. Lucia and says it feels like home. When she returned to the UK in March she felt like a total outsider!” Some reports even claimed Amy was thinking of adopting a local child in St. Lucia.
Meanwhile, St. Lucia authorities expressed their concern over Amy’s stay in the island, saying she should be denied residency status to purchase property in St Lucia as she’s not a good role-model for the citizens there. “She would be a menace and a dangerous influence to St Lucian society, because the demons that inhabit her tortured body will still have to be fed and I ask whether the authorities are going to ignore the indulgences in illegal substances for which ordinary St Lucians are arrested and incarcerated,” the former Governor said in his statement.
However, as her family and insiders claimed, St. Lucia did help Amy get over heavy drugs but it gave way to another kind of addiction – to alcohol this time. “Over the past couple of weeks she’s been drinking more and more. She used to have colour in her drinks – you know, juice – but now all I can see is clear liquid,” a beach worker at St. Lucia told UK’s The Daily Mail. “She used to disappear into the studio for days at a time, but I don’t see that happening at the moment.”
Amy returned to London in July 2009.
If there is one salvation from major issues concerning Amy’s well being than it is quitting drugs. The singer’s problems with drug and alcohol addiction, as well as followed self-destructive behavior, have become regular tabloid news since 2007. She and her husband have been plagued by legal troubles that have led to the cancellation of several tour dates.
On 8 September 2007, Winehouse settled a claim for copyright infringement over the song ‘He Can Only Hold Her’, brought against her by songwriter P-Nut. His lawyer stated that the songwriter would receive a share of the royalties from the song and payment of costs. Previously he had received a “thank you” for his contribution but no songwriter credit on the album.
In October 2007, Winehouse and her husband were arrested in Norway for possession of cannabis. The couple were later released and fined 3850 kroner (around £350). Amy claimed she was “duped” into confessing, but police denied the allegation, noting that fluent English speakers handled Amy when she signed the confession.
Amy Winehouse was initially denied a U.S. visa because of “use and abuse of narcotics”, but was later issued one. The decision came too late for her to appear live at the 2008 Grammy Awards show, and she performed via satellite.
In April 2008, Winehouse was cautioned after she admitted to police she slapped the face of a man with her hand. The incident, for which she has apologized, will stay on her record and could be used against her if she is charged with a similar offence at a future time. She voluntarily turned herself in and was held overnight. When she arrived a doctor ruled she was “unfit for interview”.
Winehouse was arrested in May 2008 on suspicion of possessing drugs after a video of her apparently smoking crack cocaine was passed to Scotland Yard in January, but was released on bail a few hours later. The Crown Prosecution Service considered charging her with possessing a controlled drug and allowing her premises to be used for the supply by others of a controlled drug, but was cleared when the service could not establish that the substance in the video was a controlled drug. As reaction to the decision, former Scotland Yard commander John O’Connor said it is an “absolute scandal that nothing could be done” about Winehouse “cooking a snook at the law”. Two London residents were subsequently charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine and ecstasy to Winehouse.
In October 2008 Winehouse was asked by Metropolitan Police to attend an interrogation, which she never showed up for.
In June 2008 it was confirmed that Amy Winehouse has developed early signs of emphysema. She was rushed to the hospital after fainting as a result of extreme weight loss; her father, Mitch Winehouse, told reporters that cigarettes and crack cocaine have jeopardized her lungs. Winehouse’s father reported in addition she has an irregular heartbeat.
On July 28th 2008 Amy was back in the hospital, this time for an adverse reaction to medication she uses to fight her drug addiction.
Amy was taken to rehab on October 25, 2008 with her farther claiming that his daughter was suffering from a chest infection and was taken to hospital, not rehab.
On February 13, 2009 Amy was taken to hospital in the Caribbean. She was admitted after collapsing, and her rep said she “collapsed after running out of medication she had been using in her ongoing battle against drugs,” adding that the drug battle is well underway.
Due to ill health, Amy canceled her British comeback gig on May 31, 2009.
In June it was revealed Amy, though off the drugs, was more of an alcoholic than ever. “The need to rescue her is enormous. I just want her to be OK and I would do whatever it took to make that right,” says her mom. “Amy is in denial all the time. She probably feels trapped, her body is trapping her. But I know with addiction you do not have the choice because the substance itself directs you.”
In her interview with Glamour October 2010 Amy said she hadn’t used drugs for three years and was absolutely ok. “I’m much healthier now. I used to use drugs and I haven’t used drugs in almost three years. It’s not a hard thing. I literally woke up one day and was like, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore.’”
1. As a kid, little Amy wanted to be a roller-skating waitress.
2. At age 10, Amy and her best friend formed a rap duo inspired by Salt-n-Pepa. The name? Sweet ‘n Sour. “I was sour, of course,” she told London Observer.
3. Amy got her first tattoo, a small Betty Boop on her back, at age 15. At that point, she told Rolling Stone, “My parents pretty much realized I would do whatever I wanted, and that was it, really.”
4. Just how high was Amy’s trademark beehive? “On a good day, easily six [inches],” she told Entertainment Weekly.
5. Amy spoke Yiddish. “She has a very good grasp of the language,” her dad has revealed.
6. Winehouse had an estimated £10m fortune, tying her for tenth place in the listing of the wealth of musicians under age thirty.
7. Amy earned about £1m singing at two private parties during Paris Fashion Week as well as another £1m to perform at a Moscow Art Gallery for Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.
8. Amy Winehouse sang with Mick Jagger as Rollin Stones announced Amy inspired them as a classis soul singer. Unfortunately Amy couldn’t make it to touring with the band.
9. She was the first British artist to win five Grammy Awards, including three of the”Big Four”: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
10. Amy Winehouse joined the 27 club, also known as Forever 27, a group of musicians who have all died at the age while struggling to cope with fame.
At 3:54 pm BST on 23 July 2011, two ambulance crews arrived to Winehouse’s home in Camden, London. Shortly afterwards, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that bee-hived soul-jazz singer had died. As of 24 July, the investigation to determine the cause of death, which is described by police as unexplained, is still ongoing. But we all understand that Amy died from a drug overdose. After singer’s death was announced, media and camera crews appeared as crowds gathered near Winehouse’s residence to pay their respects.
Winehouse’s record label, Universal Republic, released a statement that read in part: “We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer.”
Winehouse joined the 27 club, also known as Forever 27, a group of musicians who have all died at the age while struggling to cope with fame. Other club members are Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison. Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was the most recent victim and in 1994. Pumped with heroin and valium, he turned a gun on himself. Years earlier Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Brian Jones all died at 27 from substance abuse.