Amy Winehouse: The most poignant thing late singer said in her final interview
The Back to Black star died five years ago today
Published 23/07/2016 | 18:35
Amy Winehouse died five years ago today, her sudden death the result of alcohol poisoning.
Winehouse was found dead in her home in Camden Town, north London. She was 27.
Her life was punctuated by controversy and drink and drug abuse that ensured she was never far from the tabloids. But by 27, the multi Grammy award-winning singer had become one of Britain’s most talented exports, selling five million records globally. Lioness: Hidden Treasures, the album of songs complied posthumously, only served as further evidence of the deep loss faced by the music industry in her passing.
Her final interview was with The Telegraph during a recording session with her idol, Tony Bennett.
Amid relapses, relationship breakdowns and being hounded by the paparazzi, Winehouse had one enduring passion: singing, a passion that survived even in the face of crippling nerves.
“I’m not a natural born performer. I’m a natural singer, but I’m quite shy, really,” she said.
“You know what it’s like? I don’t mean to be sentimental or soppy but its a little bit like being in love, when you can’t eat, you’re restless, it’s like that. But then the minute you go on stage, everything’s OK. The minute you start singing.”
Three months later, Amy Winehouse was found dead.
The star turned up for the session late, with an entourage of managers, make-up artists, stylists and friends. The interviewer Neil McCormick later said that he found her at "one moment bright and smiling the next withdrawn and sulky".
It was her last interview and she only did it because of her lifelong love and admiration for Bennett, who McCormick was shadowing for a feature, he later recalled.
While Winehouse was overwhelmed throughout her recording session at being in the same studio as Bennett, she clearly made an impression on the crooner too.
Bennett joined musicians across the world who paid tribute to the singer after her death. “She was an extraordinary musician with a rare intuition as a vocalist.”
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