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 – http://www.buddyx.com/NenehCherry/articles/barbican.htm
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
- Amy Winehouse: The leader of the pack (independent.co.uk)