Amy Winehouse would have turned 33 years old today. It’s hard to believe it was five years ago one Friday night that the world lost a talented star and much-loved character. Millions of fans took to twitter in tribute to the star.
Amy was a musical genius who left a back catalog of songs including ‘Rehab‘, ‘Tear’s Dry On Their Own‘ and ‘Back to Black‘ which inspired a generation of artists including British artist Adele, who told Vice’s i-D magazine, that Amy was the main inspiration behind her music career.
“If it wasn’t for Amy and [her 2003 debut album] Frank, 100% I wouldn’t have picked up a guitar,” Adele told the publication at the time.
“if i died tomorrow, i would be a happy girl” amy winehouse
Amy’s talent and individuality are unique. It wasn’t just her music which hit the headlines however until her untimely death.
Amy always spoke her mind….
Amy was incredibly sweet. What we loved about her was that she wasn’t scared to speak her mind.
Amy loved her family
Mitch has come under fire for taking advantage of his daughter’s fame, but Amy loved her father and was a proper ‘daddy’s girl.’
Camden was her home & stomping ground…
Amy at The Forum in Kentish Town and the Hawley Arms in Camden.
“She came to the Libertines’ gig at the forum. We came back to the hotel and she stayed all night. At one point it was me, her and Carl having a little sing-song.” Doherty to NME.
The night Amy died…
Amy died on a Friday when most people including my MTV colleagues were drinking in The Hawley Arms in Camden (one of my favourite pubs)
A friend of mine, Danny Panthaki who was an MTV producer at the time, tweeted that he thought Amy had died of an overdose. To his horror despite deleting this tweet almost immediately, it was retweeted around the world. He spent what I can only imagine being the worst weeks of his life being hounded by the media all wanting to know what had happened. “My friend’s boyfriend is a policeman, and he’s the one who found Amy Winehouse dead. Overdosed on ecstasy” – NME. Amy died after a period of abstinence. It was alcohol poisoning, not drugs that were the damning verdict.
Amy in love
Amy’s haunting tunes ‘Back to Black’ and ‘You knew I was trouble’ paint a poignant and powerful picture of someone in love.
Amy’s love life remained a media hot bed of activity throughout her career. Photos of Blake her soul-mate showed a young woman in the throes of love. Post marriage pictures published showing the pair walking hand in hand down the street in the early hours of the morning with scratches and blood-stains rose concerns about her drug-taking and drinking problems.
What was tragic about her untimely death was that Amy had looked like she was turning her life around. She had even found new love with Reg Traviss.