Queens Of The Stone Age cover Amy Winehouse at LA show
... word." The frontman then raised a toast to Los Angeles, saying: "To our die hard fans, our friends who've never been to a show in their fucking lives and our family. Thank you so much, it's like we're playing in our back yard, y'know?" Despite the fact that '...Like Clockwork' features a number of guest artists, such as Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys, Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters and Dave Grohl and Elton John, none joined the band onstage. New drummer Jon Theodore, however, received a huge cheer when he was introduced by Homme to the capacity crowd. Queens Of The Stone Age cover Amy Winehouse
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Amy Winehouse Foundation gets thumbs up
... group the Puppini Sisters and lead singer of Marcella & the Forger Me Nots. Councillor Jonathan Simpson, Mayor of Camden said: 'It is an honour and a privilege to be elected to the position of Mayor for a second time and I look forward to working with all members across the Council. 'Amy Winehouse
was a popular figure in Camden and leaves a lasting legacy. The Foundation are a fantastic cause and I not only look forward to raising much needed funds for their work, but also supporting their aim of increasing drug and alcohol education to young people. Mitch Winehouse, Chair of the Amy Winehouse
Foundation said: "Jonathan has been incredibly supportive of our work with young people and we are absolutely delighted that he has chosen the Amy Winehouse
Foundation as his charity for the year. We very much look forward to working with him and his team.' Have Your Say Click here to win an iPhone5! Amy Winehouse
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Mayor of Camden names Amy Winehouse Foundation his 'charity of the year'
... "Camden is famous around the world because of its wonderful music heritage. I greatly admire Jonathan's passion and beliefs, and am truly looking forward to helping promote the local thriving music scene". Camden Council recently gave the go-ahead to plans to install a statue of late singer Amy Winehouse
in the borough. Artist Scott Easton's sculpture of the 'Back To Black' singer has been in the works for some time but, according to the Camden New Journal, Camden Town Conservation Authority had stated its opposition to the proposal. However, after a meeting earlier this month, local councillors approved the project and the statue will now be installed at a balcony in at Camden's Roundhouse venue this September. Mayor of Camden names Amy Winehouse
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Amy Winehouse (September 14, 1983 - July 23, 2011)
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Amy Jade Winehouse was born in Southgate, north London to a Jewish family. Her father Mitch was a double-glazing salesman who later became a taxi driver and her mother Janis, is a pharmacist. They separated when Amy was nine.
Amy grew up listening to her father's Jazz albums, and her grandmother was once engaged to the English Jazz tenor saxophonist and jazz club owner, Ronnie Scott. She also came under the influence from an early age of her uncles who were professional Jazz players.
At the age of ten, Amy founded a short-lived rap group called Sweet 'n' Sour with childhood friend Juliette Ashby.
Amy caught the performing bug early, and by the age of eight she was attending the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School. She later was a pupil at the Sylvia Young theatre school in central London, from which she was asked to leave because she was disrupting lessons and "not applying herself." Amy then had a short spell at the Brit School in Croydon, south London.
Amy made her first television appearance in 1997 when with other children from the Sylvia Young School, she appeared in an episode of the BBC comedy sketch series The Fast Show.
Amy's rebellious instincts began to surface in her mid-teens. By the age of 16, she had acquired her first tattoo and was smoking cannabis.
She received her first guitar when she was 13, and began writing music a year later. Winehouse's significant break came at 16, when a former boyfriend, soul hopeful Tyler James, sent a tape of her singing with a Jazz band to his A&R manager. It led to a contract with the Island/Universal record label and a publishing deal with EMI.
Winehouse's greatest musical love was 1960s girl groups. Her stylist Alex Foden borrowed her beehive hairdo and her Cleopatra makeup from groups like The Ronettes.
Winehouse's debut album, the jazz-infused Frank
, was released on October 20, 2003. It received generally positive reviews from most music critics and earned Winehouse several accolades, including an Ivor Novello Award for the first single "Stronger Than Me
Winehouse's second album Back To Black, was released on October 4, 2006. Most of the songs were inspired by her relationship and break up with her then boyfriend Blake Fielder-Civil. They later got together again and got married at a secret ceremony in Miami in May 2007. The relationship ended when Fielder-Civil received a jail sentence of 27 months the following July.
Back To Black earned Winehouse a succession of awards, most notably five Grammies including three of the "Big Four": Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. It was the biggest-selling album of 2007 worldwide, with over 5.5 million copies sold that year, topping the charts in 18 countries. In the United Kingdom it was the third biggest seller of the 2000s.
Winehouse battled drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and self-destructive behaviours throughout her career. After the success of Back To Black
her problems with substance abuse became regular tabloid news until her death. Typically forthright, she drew attention to her alcohol problems in Back to Black's first single, "Rehab
," which became her signature song.
Winehouse's last public appearance took place at Camden's Roundhouse, London on July 20, 2011, when she made a surprise guest appearance on stage to support her goddaughter, Dionne Bromfield. Video footage shows Amy shimming and coaxing cheers from the audience, as her goddaughter sings "Mama Said
Winehouse was found dead on July 23, 2011, at her home in London. She was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium. In October, the coroner reported that her death was caused by alcohol poisoning, with her blood-alcohol level 5 times over the legal driving limit at the time of her death.
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