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Amy Winehouse

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James Coop

When news of Amy Winehouse's sad death filtered through, it came as a shock. Many would argue it was an accident waiting to happen, that they had been expecting it, a necessary evil of her wild lifestyle. Still, she had existed with drink and drug problems for so long, it seemed she almost had an angel looking out for her, much like a female Keith Richards.
Amy's major label career began with the release of her critically acclaimed debut album ‘Frank’. Nominated for the Mercury Prize, the album's soft jazz stylings were well received, and she would go on to win an Ivor Novello award for the song ‘Stronger than Me’. However, it was with the release of Back to Black that she took the world by storm. Shifting millions of copies, it propelled her into the limelight, a position she continued to hold due not only to her voice and songwriting skills but also because of  her tumultuous personal life.
Her music was different. At a time when popular music was so heavily manufactured she seemed like a breath of fresh air. The horns blared out direct references to Motown and soul records from a bygone time. Her voice howled songs of pain and m