Amy Winehouse’s Track Record
With her debut album Frank, released in 2003 when she was only 19, Amy announced to the world that she was telling her life story through her music. Writing all but one of the tracks herself, she gives a painfully honest and sometimes brutally humorous account of her bad experiences with men and the first hint of her attachment to illicit substances. By Amy’s own admission, its Grammy Award-winning follow-up, Back to Black, tells the story of her tempestuous on-off relationship with Blake Fielder-Civil and its effect on her psyche. Here, in a five-song tribute, we discover more about her brilliant but tortured life...
Released in 2006, this has become Amy’s signature song and will be forever associated with her trials and tribulations with addiction and fame. It recounts Amy’s refusal to listen to her former manager, who had wanted her to check into a clinic for treatment. Reaching the top 10 in both the UK and US, it won three Grammy Awards in 2008: Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal. Back to Black, the album from which it is taken, won the Album of the Year Award and Amy won The Best New Artist Award, making her the biggest winner of that night.
Back To Black
The title song of her second album, Back to Black was about Amy’s struggle with love and addiction. With her then-boyfriend (and, later, husband for two years) Blake Fielder-Civil going back to his former girlfriend after he and Amy split, she moved on by writing songs. Rated as one of the best singles of 2007 by Manchester Evening News, Back to Black enjoyed 34 straight weeks on the UK Single s Chart.
Tears Dry on Their Own
The song became Amy’s second-highest charting single behind Rehab. It also became her eighth UK R&B Top 40 hit. The song speaks about why Amy was attached to a man who doesn’t love her back – another song about unrequited love with Blake Fielder-Civil?
You Know I am No Good
Amy’s self-aware bad-girl anthem was a big hit because many women trapped in a similar situation to hers were struck by the raw emotion in Amy’s voice. Amy performed this song for 50th Grammy Awards ceremony via satellite while in London after it had reached No.2 on Billboard's Triple-A Airplay Chart in 2007.
Love Is a Losing Game
One of Amy’s most heart-wrenching songs, Love Is a Losing Game, was about her emotional turmoil when Blake left her for his ex. In 2008 Cambridge University asked its final-year English Literature to analyse the lyrics of this song, as well as lyrics by Sir Walter Raleigh, Bob Dylan and Billie Holiday, as part of their end-of-year examinations in Practical Criticism.