The death of Amy Winehouse, while sad, is hardly shocking.
Video of the British soul singer stumbling around stage and eventually getting booed by fans in Belgrade last month was a topic of discussion on shows ranging from Howard Stern to the syndicated entertainment yakkers.
Peter Conlon, president of Live Nation Atlanta, said he was just talking to someone about Winehouse at lunch yesterday after hearing that the singer had canceled her South American tour.
“I just said that she has to get some help or something like this would happen,” Conlon said.
Conlon, a veteran promoter in Atlanta, said he has no recollection of Winehouse ever playing here, although she was supposed to play Chastain Park Amphitheater last August. The tour never materialized because of alleged visa issues.
“We had a date on hold forever, waiting for her,” he said.
Conlon said that while Winehouse won’t be revered at the same level as Jimi Hendrix or Janis Joplin – who both also died at 27 – she will retain legendary status.
“She was a very talented artist and definitely earned a place in music history,” he said. “She’ll always be remembered as this troubled artist whose drug problem inhibited her career.”
Scott Lindy, program director at Star 94, remembers when Winehouse came up to the studios at Sirius satellite radio in New York when he worked there.
“She was funny and engaging and didn’t come off like a star,” he said. “When she went into the studio to do her [live] session, it was just amazing. People were just mesmerized. One of the producers at the session said, ‘She doesn’t know how talented she is.’”
Lindy said Star did play Winehouse’s best-known song, “Rehab,” prior to his tenure there (it hit No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2007) but not recently, even as a recurrent.
Even though the station is having an all ‘90s weekend, Lindy planned to insert some of Winehouse’s music to play through the weekend.
Do you think Winehouse’s legacy will extend beyond “Rehab”? Will she be revered like those musicians who also died at 27?