From her beehive hairdo and winged eyeliner to her soul-filled powerhouse of a voice, Amy Winehouse embodied the classic, retro style that would make her one of the most iconic musicians of the decade.
Sadly, the world lost this talented artist this past Saturday with her passing at the age of 27.
Countless artists have paid tribute to the soul songstress, who influenced the sound of a new generation of singers and songwriters.
M.I.A. released the track “27” (below), which she had previously recorded as a tribute to rock stars who have passed at the young age, including Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. She posted the finished song to her Twitter page_, along with “R.I.P A.M.Y.” in honor of her friend.
27 by _M_I_A_Big Boi remixed “Tears Dry On Their Own,” off Winehouse’s 2006 sophomore album Back to Black, which earned her five Grammy awards. The rapper remixed the song with Organized Noize and the Dungeon Family. Listen to the track below.
Amy Winehouse – “Tears Dry on their Own” (Organized Noize Dungeon Family Remix) by Big BoiFellow soul revivalist Adele wrote in a post on her website, titled “Amy Flies in Paradise,” that Winehouse was a trailblazer for artists like her.
“not many people have it in them to do something they love, simply because they love it. with no fuss and no compromise. but she knew what she was capable of and didn’t even need to try. if she wanted to do something she would and if she didn’t she’d say fuck off. it came easy to her and that’s why we all loved her so much. we believed every word she wrote, and it would sink in deep when she sang them. Amy paved the way for artists like me and made people excited about british music again whilst being fearlessly hilarious and blase about the whole thing. i don’t think she ever realised just how brilliant she was and how important she is, but that just makes her even more charming. although im incredibly sad about Amy passing im also reminded of how immensely proud of her i am as well. and grateful to be inspired by her. Amy flies in paradise xx”
Along with being London natives and reviving the retro sound, Adele and Winehouse both worked with producer Mark Ronson, who called the late singer his “musical soulmate.”
Actor and comedian Russell Brand wrote a heartfelt essay in honor of his friend. In it, he recalls the first time he saw Winehouse perform, when he attended a Paul Weller show at London’s Roundhouse.
“Entering the space I saw Amy on stage with Weller and his band; and then the awe. The awe that envelops when witnessing a genius. From her oddly dainty presence that voice, a voice that seemed not to come from her but from somewhere beyond even Billie and Ella, from the font of all greatness. A voice that was filled with such power and pain that it was at once entirely human yet laced with the divine. My ears, my mouth, my heart and mind all instantly opened. Winehouse.”
You can read Brand’s essay in entirety on his website.
Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment on Saturday. After a post-mortem examination performed on Monday, no cause of death has yet been determined.
The funeral of Winehouse took place today in London and was attended by family and close friends, including Ronson and Kelly Osbourne, who sported a beehive in honor of the singer. Following the ceremony, Winehouse’s body was cremated.
Her father Mitch read a eulogy that closed with, “Goodnight, my angel, sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much.”