So bittersweet to see her looking so healthy and happy before her tragic passing.
Although a brief clip of this was presented during her tribute at the MTV Video Music Awards, please check out an extended behind the scenes look of the late Amy Winehouse performing Body & Soul with Tony Bennett, and discussing her history with the song (above)!
Tony Bennett later said:
“What I love about Amy Winehouse is that, of all the singers since the Beatles, you automatically check everyone out who’s a lot younger, but there’s been such a big walk away from jazz. Some people think that anyone could sing jazz, but they can’t. It’s a gift of learning how to syncopate but it’s also a spirit that you’re either born with or you’re not. And Amy was born with that spirit. She was very nervous to perform, but I said, ‘You know, it sounds like you’re influenced by Dinah Washington.’ And all of the sudden, her whole life changed. She said, ‘How did you know that Dinah Washington is my goddess?’ She did some Dinah Washington licks, and from that moment on, she just relaxed. And it came out wonderful. She was like, ‘Tony understands me, you know?’ Jazz is a wonderful art. Listening to it, I compare it to watching the greatest tennis player who’s so intelligent about where he places the ball, it becomes effortless. The great ones that are very talented know just how to turn jazz singing into a performance that’s unforgettable. And Amy had that gift. The fact that she died at 27 years old is just horrible to me. If she had lived, she would’ve been right up there with Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington. It’s just a tragedy.”
It truly, truly is.
But we're so happy to know that she got to perform such a beautiful song with one of her idols. It eases our heartache to see her in this video.
This is exactly how she should be remembered.
May she R.I.P.
Tags: amy winehouse, behind the scenes, body and soul, r.i.p., recording, tony bennett