Jools Holland, UK host of Later and the annual New Years Eve Hootenanny, paid tribute to his recently departed friend Amy Winehouse on British TV.
Much was made about Amy‘s lifestyle in the press. She was solid fuel for the gossip rags, who will probably continue to make more of it once the results of her autopsy are released. But Jools‘s tribute had nothing to do with gossip or her problems with drugs and alcohol, but was all about her her music. Which will in the end be her lasting legacy.
The first part of the show featured a bunch of Amy‘s own songs performed on Jools Holland‘s shows Later and Hootenanny and the Mercury Music Awards. Jools said very little and let the music do the talking.
The horns on Stronger Than Me were great, especially the trumpet.
Amy’s performance of the Dinah Washington jazz standard Teach me Tonight with Jools Holland’s Big Band is worth bottling.
The next section that Jools introduces features Amy performing her most well known (and theme) song Rehab. She sings along with Jools at the piano to the jazz standard Tenderley and belts out the up tempo and eccentric Monkey Man.
The final section of the show sees Amy duetting with Paul Weller on Heard it Through the Grapevine and Don’t Go to Strangers. Weller‘s passable voice only serves to emphasize the quality of Ms Winehouse‘s. Don’t Go to Strangers was first recorded by Andy Williams in 1959, made famous by Etta Jones in 1960 and also covered by Amy‘s hero Dinah Washington. Jools waxes lyrical about the performance, as well he should.
There is a very poingant interview included here where she reveals some of her inner self.
This tribute finishes with Amy‘s Love is a Losing Game, which I can see becoming a jazz standard itself in years to come, with many covers yet to be recorded.
RIP Amy. Thanks for the music, but oh what could have been.
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By Max Power