A year after the sudden passing of Amy Winehouse, Q Magazine dedicated an issue to looking back at her life and music. They accompanied their tribute with a collection of covers from Winehouse’s Grammy-winning sophomore album Back to Black. Bands like The Cribs, The Temper Trap, and Dry the River contributed to the album, as did London’s Saint Etienne, who chose to cover “Just Friends.”
Amy Winehouse’s new rarities album Lioness offered three never-before-heard covers: “Our Love Will Come,” “The Girl from Ipanema,” and Leon Russell’s “A Song for You.” We’ve heard the first two already, and now we have the last. It’s an emotional soul-jazz run through the oft-covered classic and, barring any future archive releases, may be the last cover we ever hear her do.
A few weeks ago, we posted Amy Winehouse’s reggae cover of “Our Love Will Come.” It came off her upcoming rarities comp Lioness: Hidden Treasures and now we have another taste. She covers the bossa nova standard “The Girl from Ipanema” in such imitable Winehouse style that you’ll mourn her all over again.
Just a couple days ago, news broke that Amy Winehouse’s family is putting together a new compilation album of outtakes and B-sides called Lioness: Hidden Treasures. Now we’ve got a first listen. It’s Winehouse’s 2002 cover of Ruby and the Romantics’ “Our Love Will Come,” a slinky R&B number first released in 1963 and since covered by k.d. lang and Christina Aguilera.
James Morrison has been doing the rounds promoting his new album, The Awakening (not to be confused with the Kate Chopin novel), and has made a habit of covering Amy Winehouse‘s “Love Is A Losing Game.” Like many others, Morrison felt compelled to pay his respects to a talented woman who did not have the time to live up to all of her potential. Most recently, he did this with On Track with Club Seat UK.
Had she lived, Amy Winehouse would have turned 28 today (and beaten the oft-discussed 27 Club for good). Instead, she passed in July, not long after recording what would be her final performance. It’s a version of ‘30s jazz standard “Body and Soul” with Tony Bennett. The video and single hit the Net today in honor of her birthday.
At last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, the specter of Amy Winehouse loomed large. Russell Brand and Tony Bennett (with whom Winehouse recorded her final performance) gave eulogies and Adele, who admits she couldn’t have succeeded without Winehouse coming first, knocked the audience out with a soulful “Someone Like You.” The most official tribute came in the form of Bruno Mars, covering “Valerie” with his suit-wearing, high-stepping soul band.
“In thirty years of making music, I was never actually in awe of anybody new that came along in the British scene, until this lady arrived,” George Michael stated before launching into a cover of the recently deceased Amy Winehouse’s “Love Is A Losing Game” during a recent gig in Prague. While Michael is hardly the first artist to pay tribute to the late soul singer, the Wham! singer’s rendition is no less heart-breaking.