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Today in History (2011): Amy Winehouse dies of alcohol poisoning

Amy Winehouse was a gifted singer and songwriter. She was notorious for her violent outbursts, substance abuse, but most importantly, her undeniable talent.

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Amy Jade Winehouse was born on September 14, 1983 in London. Her parents, Mitchell, a taxi driver, and Janis, a pharmacist, as well as her grandmother, Cynthia, a singer, are said to have influenced Amy’s early interest in music, specifically jazz.

Upon her grandmother’s prodding, she went to the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School when she was nine years old and the Sylvia Young Theatre School to continue her musical training. She received her first guitar at 13 and began writing her own songs only a year after.

Amy loved vintage girl groups. That beehive hairstyle and cateye make-up she wore throughout her career were inspired by 1960’s girl group The Ronettes.

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Her debut album Frank was released in October 2003. She was nominated in the BRIT Awards for British Female Solo Artist and Best Urban Act. She performed at the Glastonbury, the V Festival, and the Montreal International Jazz Festival on the same year.

Back to Black, her sophomore effort, was released in the United Kingdom in 2006. It hit the number one spot in the UK Albums chart several times and even made it to number seven on the Billboard 200 US Charts. The album’s lead single in the United States, ”You Know I’m No Good” was released the following year.

Amy Winehouse won the following Grammys in 2008: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the single “Rehab.” Her album Back to Black bagged the award for Best Pop Vocal Album and her Producer, Mark Ronson was named Producer of the Year.

Amy Winehouse was famous not only in the UK and the US. Her talent was recognized in Asia as well as Europe. She is widely admired for her deep contralto vocals, inspired songwriting, and her fluid mixtures of musical genres.

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Amy Winehouse was also known for her drug addiction and violent mood swings and became the object of media attention. Even as she had supposedly already recovered from drug addiction, alcoholism emerged as a serious problem soon after, leading to her death.

On this same day in 2011, Amy Winehouse was found dead by her bodyguard in her home in Camden, London. She died of alcohol intoxication. She was only 27 years old.

The world regrets having to bid goodbye to such a talented artist, but fortunate enough to have been left a legacy—-her music.

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3 comments

  1. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    There seems to be a convergence of vast talent, addiction and death at age 27. See Jim Morrison. People need to get closer to each other, sometimes. The reason Errol Flynn lasted as long as he did, was that, when he got too messed up, his friends pounced on him with a rope, and hauled him off, kicking and cussing, to a locked sanitarium to dry out, his current wife signing him in. We aren't able to do that any more, civil and patient rights, etc. We just let them self-destruct. I like her music, and it makes me sad.

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  2. sierrabreanne

    sierrabreanne

    Amy Winehouse was and still is one of my favorite artist. Her music is beautiful and her voice was so strong!

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  3. roxyvonschlotterstein

    roxyvonschlotterstein

    I have had the great opportunity to attend a live gig. Besides all negative side aspects, it was a pleasure to see a legend (a)live.

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