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Amy Winehouse - Singer

Guy Garvey marks the first anniversary of the death of Amy Winehouse by focusing on her music. He highlights the legendary jazz vocalists and girl groups who inspired her, and celebrates the powerful, inspirational and influential work that she produced.

Amy was a unique musical talent who performed, wrote and lived with a seductive and startling blend of confidence and vulnerability. She possessed a voice redolent of broken hearts and lost weekends which bought a fresh infusion to a classical brew.

Guy's documentary begins with Mitch Winehouse describing how his daughter's love of music was fostered as a child. Amy grew up listening to Mitch's favourite singers, who include Frank Sinatra and Nina Simone. And, over the years, she became fascinated by the great artists of the jazz era.

She modelled her vocal style on the instrumental playing of Thelonious Monk and Charlie Mingus and name checked her three favourite vocalists as Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington and Minnie Ripperton. And Amy's jazz influences were evident on her debut album Frank. Recorded in 2003, when Amy was only 19, the album was a glossy mixture of breezy funk, dub and jazz-inflected soul and her song craft was praised for its brutal honesty.

That honesty was further evident on the 2006's Back to Black in which Amy's musical transition shifted from jazz to R&B and she openly credited 60s girl groups like The Shirelles, The Crystals and The Ronettes.

Featuring contributions from some of the people who inspired her, and worked with her in her all too short career, this programme highlights one of the most gifted and talked-about artists to emerge from the UK music scene in the 21st century.

As well as being the lead singer of Elbow, Guy Garvey is a BBC Radio 6 Music broadcaster, whose Finest Hour can be heard every Sunday at 10pm.

57 minutes

Last on

Wed 25 Jul 2012 22:00
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