Amy Winehouse’s mixtape

Amy Winehouse’s mixtape
Amy Winehouse’s mixtape

She dreamed of being a jazz singer and in a few years became the greatest contemporary soul woman, Amy Winehouse left us thirteen years ago, joining the procession of heroes struck down at the peak of their talent like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones or even Jim Morrison. A tragic destiny for an artist as sensitive and talented as she is tormented what the film Back to Black tells us today, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson starring Marisa Abela with music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

After paying tribute to the London artist in an episode of our children’s podcast series, The Discomobile, Fip Tape immerses us in the musical DNA of Amy Jade Winehouse with a program as eclectic as the singer’s tastes; from American crooners to vintage rock, from jazz to soul, reggae, hip-hop, gospel and even film music (as a fan of Marilyn Monroe and Patrick Swayze).

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Surrounded by music from a very young age and accustomed to singing jazz with her father who became a crooner, Amy Winehouse left a handwritten playlist at the age of 13, representative of her inspirations and her passion for music of various genres. A mixtape titled Chill Out on which we find Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Julie London, Offspring, Ben Fold, The Platters, The Skyliners, Pearl Jam, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Labelle, Edwin Starr, Mickey Mouse Club, Carole King or Louis Armstrong.

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If Amy Winehouse often cited Ray Charles as her mentor, she often took refuge in covers of soulman Donny Hathaway. The singer spoke of hip hop as the new jazz, she who had created a rap group in her youth and who affirmed that her jazz owed a lot to hip-hop. Salt N Pepa and Beastie Boys were his two shocks. And she dreamed of collaborating with Missy Elliott and sampled Made You Look by Nas on In My Bed. The singer was also a fan of dub reggae, omnipresent in England. She had expressed her desire to work with Damian Marley and enjoyed performing live ska and rocksteady covers, some of which appear in the deluxe version of his cult album Back to Black recorded with Salaam Remi, Mark Ronson and the Dap-Kings, the formation of the Daptone label.

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