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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

This day in HISTOROCK !! Amy Winehouse !!

        This day in HISTOROCK !!

                     In 2011, Amy Winehouse was found dead at her north London home, she was only 27. A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed a 27-year-old woman had died in Camden and at the time, the cause of death was unexplained. They found out later she had died from alcohol poisonong !! London Ambulance Service said it had been called to the flat at 1554 BST and sent two vehicles but the woman died. The troubled singer had a long battle with booze and drugs which overshadowed her recent musical career.   It has been argued that Winehouse became a staple in popularity polls due not to her musical contributions, but her lifestyle of drugs and alcohol !! She should be remembered for the incredible singer/songwriter and talent that she was !! The New Statesman called Winehouse "a filthy-mouthed, down-to-earth diva'' while Newsweek called her "a perfect storm of sex kitten, raw talent and poor impulse control." !! She should also be remembered as a person who donated her money, music and time to many charities, particularly those concerned with children. She was once named "the most charitable act" by Pop World. While this side of Amy was never well known to the general public,  the arts community and the charity community knew her for her generosity and was even known as a "soft touch". "Ask Amy and she'll do it" was a common phrase among the charity community !! In 2009, she  paid for the medical tests for a man called Julian Jean DeBaptiste in St Lucia. "I had surgery on 1 July 2009 ... it cost a fortune and Amy paid for the whole thing. I tried to thank her but she just hugged me and told me not to say anything. Her generosity gave me my life back" Amy was not just an incredible talent, but a very generous and giving person !! Although she only released 2 studio albums Frank(2003) and Back To Black(2006) she had an amazing impact, influencing the likes of Adele, Duffy and Lady Gaga and made it easier for unconventional women to have mainstream pop success !! At age 24 she had already been nominated for 6 Grammy Awards !! Her music was always full of emotion and passion stemming from a lot of personal life experience !!  Featured video is live, 2 tracks, the 1st Rehab being about Amy's struggles with addiction and became probably her best known song !! RIP Amy !! 

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