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How will Amy Winehouse be remembered?


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?

59 comments Add your comment


July 23rd, 2011
1:39 pm

A drug addict who was also a musician.


July 23rd, 2011
1:41 pm

She was more famous for being a junkie who didn’t want help than she was for being a musician. Let’s stop with the false deification. She’s not even a footnote in music history, but her early death will certainly make sure she becomes a “legend”. Keep an eye on your Facebook and Twitter friends the next few days. Just wait for the outpouring of false sympathy from people who have never once mentioned this woman before.


July 23rd, 2011
1:48 pm

she will always be remembered as that lady who died the day after the horrible tragedy in Norway


July 23rd, 2011
1:53 pm

Legend? She was more famous for being a junkie than a singer.. She got what was coming to her and I don’t mean that in a bad way; it’s the truth. She even said it herself “they tried to make me go to rehab I said no, no, no.” She didn’t want to change her way so there she goes. R.I.P.


July 23rd, 2011
1:55 pm

I think her legend will grow – the music and songs have a timeless quality. That she is British and not american means her legend will be rooted more strongly there – in fact potentially far more than the american 27yo’s.


July 23rd, 2011
1:56 pm

She wasn’t perfect as are none of us. It’s very sad.

smart dawg

July 23rd, 2011
1:57 pm

Her legacy?



July 23rd, 2011
2:00 pm

She was so talented! It’s such a shame that her drug abuse and seemingly inability to overcome her demons will overshadow the music she made, and stopped what should have been a long and wonderful career with incredible vocals.. Tragic.. Is probably how she will be remembered.. If you were a fan of her music before today though, then gifted vocalist is how she will be remembered.. I think it’s so very sad that she ever started such destructive behavior. Imagine the career she could have had without the drug use.. What a shame, and shameful she couldn’t get the help she so obviously needed..


July 23rd, 2011
2:02 pm

I think people who hear her music for what it is (and don’t concern themselves with petty celebrity gossip) know what an inspired voice she was… informed by music of the past but synthesizing it all into something new. Look at the album art on “Frank” to see her very well-rounded CD collection. She knew her stuff– she was well-listened, and you can hear it in her voice. At 20 years old when she made that album to go from this new hiphop/jazz synthesis on one track to sounding like Sarah Vaughn singing a ballad on another is something.

Most with a gift like that are haunted by demons, and Amy was no different. Jimi, Curt, Janis, all of them… even going back to the likes of Billie and Bird. Not saying Amy stands as tall as all of them, but she did have an extraordinary gift that we shouldn’t discount by judging her for the demons she fought. Her art might not have been the same without them.


July 23rd, 2011
2:05 pm

These days with the media pushing everything up high, these days with more stars being made than born and these days with the music market being so big it is no surprise that we had someone like Amy for a very short stint at the very top. Yes, she had some talent – probably more than others and yes firstly she was picked by some agent, manager…etc because of this. But pushed to the top and held up there she was nothing but a puppet on strings.

Get Real

July 23rd, 2011
2:13 pm

Legacy? Hell no!


July 23rd, 2011
2:15 pm

I loved her music so much & my brother was in love with her voice. I hope her soul rests. I love u Amy W !
Ps. Let’s stop judging … Let’s love & miss her. She is & no one 4 that matter is near from perfect.


July 23rd, 2011
2:21 pm

I’m surprised she lasted this long!


July 23rd, 2011
2:28 pm

Typical R and R story; drugs, booze, music, and OD. Most great artists music or art, have some kind of drug problem. She had the best voice in music in the last 30 years.


July 23rd, 2011
2:33 pm

I guess I find it an interesting represtantaion of our culture that many seem to find it amusing or funny that Amy Winehouse is dead, yet many of the same people think the deaths of Kurt Cobain, Marilyn Monroe, Janis Joplin, Chris Farley, Jimi Hendrix, Sid Vicious, Jim Morrison, John Belushi, and others were tragedies.


July 23rd, 2011
2:59 pm

Unfortunately, the psuedo “soul singing diva” (oh, please…) will be remembered as a legendary artist. In reality, she was an overhyped, drug addict, who, like Pat Boone & Elvis before her, got pushed to the public forefront mostly because of her ethnicity. True or false? Funny how Erykah Badu & Jill Scott are billed as “neo-soul” artists, while Ms. Crackhouse, is (was) viewed as the real deal…smh!

Average Guy

July 23rd, 2011
3:06 pm

It seems extraordinary talent is bestowed at a high cost. You can also find the same disorder(s)/
disease(s) in other fields besides music, TV and film industries — Van Gogh, Pollack, Heath Ledger


July 23rd, 2011
3:15 pm

Like all those who went before her, someday she will be remembered as a gifted singer. I listened to Back to Black today on the way home from work…it is an amazing cd, such a waste, very sad!


July 23rd, 2011
3:34 pm

An overly hyped, synthesizer and lipsync dependent so-called singer with all the personal appeal of Quasimodo….very nasty looking to boot. Comparing her to Van Gogh as a troubled artist is a crass joke. All that said, RIP.

Matt from MN

July 23rd, 2011
3:45 pm

The headline about her death is about the least surprising headline ever. What a waste of talent.

Gimme a Break

July 23rd, 2011
3:52 pm

Great – another talented junkie turned into a legend. When you start listing all her talents, include the canceled concerts and the ones she stumbled through.


July 23rd, 2011
3:59 pm

thinning the herd

Tina P.

July 23rd, 2011
4:05 pm

As a great singer. Who just could not get her self together. It very sad how she let her self go. She could have been someone great.


July 23rd, 2011
4:52 pm

Legacy?! Trainwreck and shallow end of the gene pool. The only blessing is that she never reproduced.


July 23rd, 2011
5:26 pm

In her death perhaps what most of us will miss is the extremely talented energy, persona of a young woman who soulfully sang about her existential woes. A young woman from the wrong side of the tracks who for a moment ended up on the right side of the tracks, but perhaps with her death she will forever be immortalized and regaled to a higher level than she could have ever imagined whilst alive. If only Amy had held on….


July 23rd, 2011
5:48 pm

Give her a break gang. She is dead, she lead her life the way she wanted and this is the outcome.


July 23rd, 2011
6:07 pm

When they tried to make me go to rehab, I should have gone, gone, gone…


July 23rd, 2011
6:27 pm

Why would she be remembered?


July 23rd, 2011
7:15 pm

Perhaps as a wasted talent. She accomplished little but seemed to have been given much. She was self indulgent, confident in her “talent” but indifferent to doing anything with it.
Wasted talent seems a cliche

Not Impressed

July 23rd, 2011
8:27 pm

Another druggie alcoholic wannabe singer bites the dust….no big loss….no sadness here…..


July 23rd, 2011
9:08 pm

To those whom much is given, much is expected!

CC Coleman

July 24th, 2011
3:52 am

The first time I heard her I wasn’t paying attention to the music video. I thought the music was unique and original. When I turned to look at the video, I thought, “Oh, dear. What a trainwreak.” The tattoos, the heroin or crank addict physic, the thick painted on make up. I could not stop watching her and hearing her voice. It was just too much.

She was talented but she was doomed before she became famous. If she had not become famous she would have ended up the same way. Fame did not fuel her downfall. She was flawed before it took hold.

Sad but true.


July 24th, 2011
5:23 am

She’ll be best remembered for being dead.


July 24th, 2011
5:09 pm

She had the potential to die of self-loathing and chemical abuse. The obvious diregard for the gift of life and the gift of talent is not something to be praised. She didn’t want help and, in fact, was happy in her misery. Well, she lived up to her potential; she died badly. What a waste. Please, let’s not make a romantic figure out of a pure fool.


July 24th, 2011
11:50 pm

All of those head lice now with no place to go….come on, people!!! Her picture is in the dictionary next to ’skank’. She tattooed everything but her eyeballs. She screwed anyone and anything, She punched and kicked those poor fools who went to see her yodel. She couldn’t get through a performance without staggering, puking or snorting. Her existence was all about the search for the next high…who cares if she could sing sometimes? She is the role model for what happens when we indulge really stupid people. At least the mortician will give her a bath, something she apparently hadn’t had in months…


July 25th, 2011
9:21 am

She was and will always be a LEGEND!!! If it was not for her, we would not have the sounds of Adele, Duffy, or Estelle. She paved the way for them. She left a mark. Back to Black along with her first CD are classics. May her soul find peace that it could not find while she was alive.


July 25th, 2011
11:16 am

fulton… race card much?


July 25th, 2011
12:20 pm

Judge not…Poor woman. What a tortured soul and wasted life..regardless of her talents. The views on here are part of why we still have such a drug problem in america. Addiction is a disease. Once it takes hold some people are just resistant to treatment. How can anyone sit on the sidelines of someone else’s life and try to pretend to make judgements on their decisions? Wonder how we would judge some of YOUR decisions…maybe even taken out of context? Maybe not? Maybe as humans we are inherently flawed in our own perfect way? Maybe now she is at peace.


July 25th, 2011
1:10 pm

When something like this happens, it’s always maddening to see the ‘judge not’ people come out of the woodwork. I lay part of the blame at the feet of people like that. You’re the type of friends that would let one of your friends wreck their lives as you stand by and pretend to mourn for attention. Isn’t it worse to not DISCERN that she did something incredibly stupid and self-serving that hurt countless others?
Is talent an excuse? Look at the picture of her mom, who is clearly broken and will never be the same. No one should want to follow that lead, no matter how much talent they may have. Who cares about Adele, Duffy, or Estelle in the context of a 27 year old woman being dead? Wouldn’t it have been better if she had never found fame that she couldn’t control if she were still alive, living a life that gave back the love of others? Fanatical fans and egotistical stars seem to not truly care about each other. They only want what the other can give them. The fans want music, entertainment, and an image to emulate at any cost, while the star wants to be deified and, perversely enough, misunderstood and tortured, so they can justify fighting some sort of battle with their ego. What has this society done to people?

Not Impressed

July 25th, 2011
1:54 pm

NOT great, not really even mediocre…..not a legend….won’t even be missed….an alcoholic druggie who bit the dust – got what she deserved – no sadness here!!!!!


July 25th, 2011
2:57 pm

I listened to her music for the first time on Saturday and I must admit that she was talented. Unfortunately, she had an uncontrollable habit that she did not want to kick. I don’t really know why nor do I care because that was her business. My heart goes out to her family, friends and fans because to them she was more than just an artist and an addict. She is and will always be a legend to them if noboby else. RIP Amy, you certainly deserve it…………….


July 25th, 2011
5:53 pm

I think for those who are judging this women after she isn’t even here anymore, should take just a moment of their time to think as they are about to comment on a deceased lady that if they were in her shoes, do they want people to talk bad about their life story? People need to stop and think instead of just jumping to conclusions, and making judgement, what do you know truely about her? Do you know her past? What she could have been threw? For those out there looking to just put someone down, stop and think what your saying. Please.


July 25th, 2011
6:19 pm

…as an ugly-as-s1n, over-exposed, (grossly) undertalent junkie.


July 26th, 2011
9:24 am

She had one so called hit. Don’t see what all the fuss is about. Just junkie that happened to sing.

Billy Sherman

July 26th, 2011
9:25 am

She died more accomplished and talented than her petty detractors on


July 26th, 2011
9:32 am

@ Billy Sherman….”accomplished” at what??! Drug abuse?


July 26th, 2011
10:11 am

I dont think she will be remembered as much for her Legacy or talent than the Tranwreck of a Life she led. People are more fancinated on how bad she lived her life wrecked by drugs more than her legacy of music. Very Sad because she did have a unique sound.

Its always been that way as far as Talked about More after death than in life. Jim Morrison Lead singer for the Doors was Talked about a Hell of a lot more after he died then when he was Living.

The Doors were NO Beatles Rolling Stones Bon Jovi, or even Queen when it came to record sales. the others sold Much more. . But his death made him as Large as the Superbands. I will argue with anyone that says the Doors outsold the Beatles, Bon Jovi, or the Rolling Stones..but the death of their Front man is Still talked about almost 40yrs later like he was Larger than them all or Just as Large as John Lennon. Yes Jim was larger in death. mostly for his Bad boy Drug image not his music Legacy.

Jimi Hendricks, Janis Joplin. both brilliant artists. but Immortal because of How they died. that being Drugs.

Amy Winehouse, have to admit I was not a fan, didnt even listen to her music until the day she died. I went on Youtube..listend to You know I am no Good.Great. From what I hear, sounds like a Great Unique voice gone forever, because of Drugs. So typical..the Cost of Fame for Some
in the land of Hollyweird.

Michael Jackson

July 26th, 2011
10:21 am

She, like me, (The King of Popping propofol) was the greatest entertainer that ever lived. Chamon!


July 26th, 2011
10:56 am

Well put Bobo… one hates to speak ill of the deceased but the negative banter is less about Winehouse than it is her enablers and those attempting to deify this loser. Even in the context of pathetically self-absorbed and self-indulgent fallen “legends”, she doesn’t even register. No real impressive body of work, no series of memorable fine performances… just a couple of CDs and a long list of broken dates. I pulled up her Wikipedia entry recently and could only SMH. Seriously? I doubt the Queen of England has a write up that long. lol

I’m listening to Jill Scott’s latest as I type this and thinking how hard it is for Scott to sometimes get a good review from some music critics despite her voice and lyricism, her presence and her professionalism. She embodies all that is wonderful about Soul and R&B in both pure ability and feeling. Yet those same reviewers froth at the mouth for such a pretender as Winehouse. Not at all a bad R&B singer, but given far too much credit for simply daring to do so.

Not Impressed

July 26th, 2011
2:07 pm

As a wanna be nothing alcoholic druggie who bit the dust – no big loss – no sadness here!