As the much-heralded Amy Winehouse documentary by Senna director Asif Kapadia hits cinemas, we speak to her former manager and four others whose lives were touched by the doomed soul singer. Nick Shymansky met Amy Winehouse when she was 16, and worked as her manager between and Together they released her debut album, Frank, in I called her and pretended I was this big manager who could make things happen, giving it all the showbiz talk, and obviously she thought I was a wanker, she made it very clear. The whole time she was saying she had absolutely no interest in making music. I put it on in my car and it blew my mind.
She threw everything into the lyrics for her new album as her sole salvation
She was known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul , rhythm and blues and jazz. She also formed a working relationship with producer Salaam Remi through these record publishers. Winehouse's debut album, Frank , was released in Many of the album's songs were influenced by jazz and, apart from two covers , were co-written by Winehouse. Frank was a critical success in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Winehouse released her follow-up album, Back to Black , in , which went on to become an international success and one of the best-selling albums in UK history.
Produced by Mark Ronson , the lyrics are autobiographical and address Winehouse's refusal to enter a rehabilitation clinic. The song addresses Winehouse's refusal to attend an alcohol rehabilitation centre after her management team encouraged her to go. On 23 July , five days after this interview, Amy Winehouse died from her drug problems without ever going to rehab. She was 27 years old.
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. Post categories: Reviews. Once upon a time, Plan B was a startling proposition, a sweary UK rapper with a penetrating stare, dragging an acoustic guitar behind him. That's right, an acoustic guitar. Here's this tough kid with tough rhymes and street-hardened scowl standing on stage with an instrument more commonly associated with weedy singer-songwriters and their endless tales of slightly-disappointing love. No matter how many photoshoots he did with fake blood running down his hands, no matter how much brutal reality he hammered into his songs, there was always a faint air of suspicion, as if everyone was too afraid to admit that a rapper with a guitar is just a grumpy Jack Johnson. That's clearly not the case, but the Plan B of old was like a shot of very strong medicine when you really only needed a cough sweet. Now, he's a reborn soul man: still as tough as old boots - he put the willies up James Corden when he appeared on Jonathan Ross recently - still telling what the Kinks would call "tales of drunkenness and cruelty" , only he's started dressing sharp, in a suit, he's singing falsetto, and he's brought what looks and sounds like Amy Winehouse's backing band along for the ride.