Like many fans around the world, HOUSE OF SASSI was sad to hear of the passing of the extremely talented Amy Winehouse who tragically died at the weekend, aged just 27.
Amy was well-known for her troubled personal life (mostly for her battle with drugs and alcohol), but that didn’t stop her from hitting the UK music scene with a bang. In 2003, the release of her first album, Frank, led to an Ivor Novello award and several BRIT nominations. The album put Amy on the music map with songs including ‘Stronger Than Me’, which gained her a huge fan base.
Amy’s second album, Back to Black, is most famous for its controversial lead single ‘Rehab’. The album contained several songs with a much more personal vibe than Frank. Amy’s amazing talent as a singer/songwriter shone through on her second album, winning her five Grammys and tie-ing her with Beyonce, Lauryn Hill, and Alicia Keys, for the second largest number of awards won by a female artist in a single ceremony. Fans loved the singles ‘Back to Black’, ‘Love is a Losing Game’, and ‘You Know I’m No Good’.
Amy’s unique voice, her soul/jazz-influenced music, and that trademark beehive (not to mention her colourful private life) made her a household name in the UK and beyond. Found at her home in Camden on July 23rd, Amy’s tragic death enrols her in the iconic ’27 Club’-musicians and stars who died before or at the age of 27, and whose members include Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.
The music of Amy Winehouse will live on for its uniqueness, frank honesty, and showcasing of a genuine talent. HOUSE OF SASSI will always love Amy’s hugely popular version of The Zutons’ ‘Valerie’, with Mark Ronson. RIP Amy, the UK music scene won’t be the same without you.