Ralf Little shares ‘magical’ Amy Winehouse story in 2020
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Amy Winehouse in Her Own Words airs tonight on BBC Two at 10. The programme threads together a profile of the iconic singer-songwriter from interviews she gave to the BBC and a number of performances from her short yet distinguished career. Ms Winehouse, who sang some of the most iconic songs of her noughties, tragically died from alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011 aged 27.
The singer penned 2006 record Back to Black which is among the best selling albums in UK history.
Ms Winehouse has also been the subject of Asif Kapadia’s 2015 Oscar winning documentary Amy, which presented an intimate portrait of the singer’s career through archival footage and personal testimonials.
Despite Ms Winehouse’s professional success, she battled drug and alcohol addiction and had an allegedly tumultuous two year marriage with Blake Fielder-Civil, that ended in divorce.
Yet her bodyguard Andrew Morris claimed that even on the day she died, the singer had been “laughing, listening to music and watching TV” until the early hours.
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Mr Morris also revealed his heartbreaking final conversation with the troubled star.
He told The Mirror: “She was showing me some clips on her laptop and she was singing.
“She said ‘boy I can sing’ and I said ‘damn right you can sing’.
“She said ‘if I could I would give it back just to walk down the street with no hassle.”
Ms Winehouse’s 2003 debut album Frank was nominated for the Mercury Prize while song Stronger Than Me won the artist a Ivor Novello award for Best Contemporary Song.
Her follow up record, Back to Black, which featured hit song Rehab became an international success.
In 2008, Ms Winehouse even became the first British woman to win five Grammys in a night.
Yet, the artist tragically died in her Camden home just three years later.
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Speaking on Lorraine in July the singer’s mother Janis Winehouse-Collins remembered the last words she said to her daughter before her death.
Ms Winehouse-Collins said: “I remember exactly – I said to her ‘Amy, I love you’ and she said, ‘I love you too mummy.’
“But that’s how we were and I could express my love to her, always – she was very protective of me.”
Ms Winehouse’s step-dad then agonisingly recalled the moment he was made to tell his wife that her daughter had died.
He explained: “It was the worst day of my life. I got the phone call to say that Amy had gone.
“I said ‘Janis, I don’t know what to say, she’s gone’
“She looked at me and she thought I was talking about my mum, because my mum died a month after Amy – my mum was seriously ill.”
He continued, choking back the tears: “[Janis] said, ‘It’s your mum’ and I said, ‘no, your baby, she’s really gone.’ and Jan just stood there.”
Watch Amy Winehouse in Her Own Words on BBC Two at 10pm.
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