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Amy Jade Winehouse was born September 14, 1983 in the Southgate area of London, England to a Jewish family who’s family had a history of jazz musicians.
Winehouse mixed gospel, jazz, soul, and R&B to form her pop music. Amy received her first guitar at age 13 and first performed professionally at age 16. She released her first album in 2003 that eventually went three times platinum in the United Kingdom; but it wasn’t until 2006 with the release of “Rehab” that Winehouse shot to fame. Her album “Back to Black” hit number one on both sides of the Atlantic and won the singer five Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance – the first British female star to win five awards on the same night. “Back to Black” went six times platinum in the UK and two times platinum in the US. In 2007 Winehouse won the Brit Award for the Best British Female Artist and in 2008 “Love is a Losing Game” won Winehouse the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song.
Winehouse was not content with singing the music of other songwriters, she preferred to writer music that she could call her own. Winehouse was known at least as much for her off stage antics as she was her talent on stage.
In May 2007 Winehouse married Blake Fielder-Civil but the marriage was short lived, lasting only two years, before the couple were divorced in July 2009. On August 24, 2011 Amy Winehouse took over the number one spot for selling the most albums in this century when her second album "Back to Black" topped the 3.26 million copies sold mark.
Winehouse died Saturday July 23, 2011 at the age of 27. She was found dead in her North London apartment from what police are initially calling an unexplained death. Winehouse had been plagued by addiction issues for a number of years including a few previous close calls with death and had been in and out of rehab for her addiction. Winehouse’s last stage appearance was on July 20 when she performed with her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield.
With her death, Winehouse joins Robert Johnson, Jim Morrison, Mimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Kurt Cobain, Pete Ham of Badfinger, and Chris Bell of Big Star who also died at the age of 27.