Sad news to report: Amy Winehouse was found dead in her home in North London today. The cause of death has not been confirmed. She was just 27 years old.
One of the most talented singer/songwriters of her generation, Amy Winehouse was known for her British drawl and beehive, her belty, bluesy voice and profoundly pained lyrics that recalled the work of seminal blues singers like Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn. Seemingly as troubled as she was talented, Amy Winehouse suffered from highly public legal entanglements and disorderly conduct as well as dangerous battles with substance abuse. Winehouse entered rehab as recently as May 2011 and canceled some June tour dates.
Born in Southgate, London, in 1983, Winehouse left an unforgettable and indelible mark on modern pop and soul music, leaving behind two highly acclaimed albums, including her 2003 album, Frank, and her 2006 breakthrough album, Back to Black, featuring the titular single and, forebodingly, the song "Rehab." Back to Black became a multiplatinum worldwide smash and won her five Grammys and a BRIT Award.
Amy Winehouse will be remembered by her family, friends and fans as a great talent gone too soon.
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