Amy Winehouse, the R&B and jazz singer famous for the autobiographical song “Rehab,” died of alcohol poisoning a year ago from Monday.
While controversial for drug abuse and mental illness during her life, Winehouse was a critically acclaimed musical artist who fearlessly paved the way for eccentric female talents like Lady Gaga, vocal powerhouses like Adele and Duffy, and reinvigorated an authentic jazz, soul, and R&B sound. Winehouse has become even more widely celebrated in her posthumous career.
A month after her death, Winehouse’s breakthrough album Back to Black surged in sales and became the best-selling album in the UK from the 21st century. Her fashion line for Fred Perry has lived on, with the proceeds going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation for supporting adults suffering from addiction. In September, American singer Tony Bennett released his and Winehouse’s jazz song “Body and Soul,” which won a Grammy for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance in February. In December, an album of previously unreleased work called Lioness: Hidden Treasures debuted at #5 on Billboard charts and included “Like Smoke,” a duet with Nas. Earlier in July, Nas dropped his LP Life is Good, which featured Winehouse on “Cherry Wine.” Her enduring popularity proves how timeless her artistry has been.
Though she is no longer with us, Winehouse will last through her music and her influence on the pop music industry.