U2’s Classy Amy Winehouse Salute Reminds Us Of Classic Tribute Songs


At the Minneapolis, Minn., stop on their record-shattering “360 Tour,” U2 dedicated “Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” to the late Amy Winehouse, who passed away Saturday at the age of 27. “We wrote this next song for Michael Hutchence, but you will understand tonight if we play it for Amy Winehouse,” Bono said before playing the song.

“Stuck In A Moment” was written for Hutchence, the lead singer of INXS who committed suicide in 1997. The singer was a close friend of the members of U2.

The gesture is the latest of many that have flooded in since Winehouse’s passing. On Saturday night, just hours after the news broke, M.I.A. released the demo “27” on her Soundcloud in the “Back to Black” singer’s honor. “I recorded this song B4 vickileekx and never put it out,” M.I.A. said on Twitter. “It’s a unfinished demo. R.I.P A.M.Y.”

These tributes to Winehouse join a long tradition of musicians expressing their sadness over the death of friend or loved one through song. Read on for some of the best.

“Candle In The Wind,” Elton John
Probably the most famous tribute song of all time, John’s original take appeared on his 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road in honor of Marilyn Monroe. The legendary singer released an amended version of the song in 1997 following the death of his friend, Princess Diana. John performed the song at Diana’s funeral and later released it as a single. The remixed version went on to become the largest selling single in music history. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the song has “accumulated worldwide sales of 33 million copies.”

“Tha Crossroads,” Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony dedicated their 1996 smash to N.W.A. rapper Eazy-E, who signed the group to Ruthless Records in 1994. Eazy-E entered Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in February 1995 believing he had severe asthma but discovered he was suffering from AIDS. The rapper passed away just one month later.

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