Songs for Amy – A Tribute to Amy Winehouse – Phil’s playlist for August 2011

RIP Amy Winehouse – Phil’s playlist for August 2011

I wanted to also pause to reflect on the immense talent of Amy Winehouse whose death has shocked many fans across the Globe, myself included.

I had the pleasure of seeing Amy perform live twice, once at a magical Billie Holliday tribute concert (Billie & Me curated by Neneh Cherry) in 2005 at the Barbican, London – with Neneh Cherry, Fontella Bass, Susheela Ramam and many others. Then years later her comeback gig in a tiny subterranean venue in Holborn where she performed Back to Black with a new incredibly smartly dressed backing singers and horn section; who were keen to show off their bespoke dancing.

I recall feeling a shiver down my spine in that incredibly hot basement venue – despite there  being no air conditioning or even the faintest hint of a breeze on the air- thinking that we were all witnessing a piece of history. Just as at the Holliday tribute concert Amy owned the songs she covered, (complete with a pumping bass backing), her talent shone through the second time that I saw and she looked happy and proud; and that is how I will remember her.

Here is a link to a review of the Billie Holiday tribute gig on Neneh Cherry’s web page –

In my Bed (Live) – Amy Winehouse

Allen Toussaint – You don’t know me

I Go to sleep – Sia

On and On – Erykah Badu

Hurts – Wonderful Life

JJ Cale – Magnolia

Get myself Arrested – Gomez

Love don’t live here anymore – City and Colour

Baby its cold outside – Aretha Franklin & Ray Charles

(There is) no greater Love – Amy Winehouse

Say Yes – Elliot Smith

Twice –  Little Dragon

Rehab (Purely Acoutic version) – Amy Winehouse

Possibility – Lykke Li

Run – Stephen Fretwell

Swans (Purely Acoustic Version) – Unkle Bob

Her legacy shall live on.

By Philip Henson


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One response to “Songs for Amy – A Tribute to Amy Winehouse – Phil’s playlist for August 2011

  1. I am afraid not. But I believe the event was recorded. Best to contact the Barbican directly.

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