Amy Winehouse (1983 - 2011)

Amy Jade Winehouse was born on 14 September 1983 in Southgate, London. She made her breakthrough in 2006 with her album Back To Black, which included the hit singles Rehab and Back to Black and for which she won five Grammys. The singer, who struggled with addictions, died of alcohol poisoning on 23 July 2011. She was 27 years old.

International fame

Her debut album, Frank, received rave reviews in the UK and her voice was compared to that of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan and neo-soul singer Macy Gray. Shortly after the album's release, she suffered from writer's block and didn't write any music for a year and a half. With the help of producer Mark Ronson, she wrote the album Back to Black in six months, after which her international breakthrough was a fact.


Amy Winehouse was a frequent topic of conversation in the British tabloid press due to her drinking and drug use. The song 'Rehab' is about the fact that her management wanted to put her in rehab, which she didn't think was necessary. She was supposed to perform at Pinkpop in 2007 but was replaced by Krezip because she was too drunk to perform.


In the last three years of her life, she was hospitalised several times. On 18 June 2011, she held her last performance in Belgrade, where she was severely under the influence of alcohol. Her bodyguard found her body in the afternoon of Saturday 23 July 2011. When her death was announced, both the press and her fans gathered en masse at her home. Later, it was officially announced that Winehouse had died of alcohol poisoning.

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