A year ago, Amy Winehouse passed away in a tragic end to a long struggle with addiction and fame. But beneath Amy Winehouse's career plagued by addiction and crazed by the scrutiny of fame, was a richer, even more soulful songbook that not only displays her genius, but also a deep tenderness. Listen to this sad, wonderful playlist to remember her career that ended too early a year ago today.
"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (Acoustic)" - 2007
Originally featured on the soundtrack of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, this acoustic track showcases Amy's hefty, but gentle vocal range. The track was originally written by Carole King and recorded by the Shirelles, but Amy gives it an edge, stripping it down to a bare, vulnerably soulful track.
"Hey Little Rich Girl (feat. Zalon & Ade)" - 2008
This track, a re-imagined doo-wop cover of the Specials' 1980 ska hit, is home to a playful side of Amy that didn't come out to play enough. Stay tuned for the chorus, where one of her backup singers hits a falsetto note that would put even Marvin Gaye to shame.
"Cupid" - 2008
Amy had a major appreciation for the love song. And although her original songs about love were majorly grim, she covered old pop songs like a pro. In this track she takes on Sam Cooke's "Cupid," and does a worthy, flirtier job.
"Teach Me (Hootenanny)" - 2005
This video captures Amy lighting up one of her first television performances early in her career. Her versatility is astounding: capturing the soul and subtlety of Dinah Washington's "Teach Me" at the age of 22 is a unique challenge that Amy conquers gracefully.