Hear an Excerpt of Amy Winehouse’s Final Recording


With all the endless publicity, speculation and tedious moralizing that has surrounded the tragic, premature death of Amy Winehouse, it’s easy to forget that she was first and foremost a pretty great singer. With this in mind, we’re glad that a snippet of what would prove to be her last recording has surfaced online — hopefully it will refocus people’s minds away from the manner of her death and back onto what she should be remembered for: her music. Or maybe we’re just being wildly optimistic here. Either way, click through to hear a 46-second excerpt from “Body and Soul,” the duet she recorded with Tony Bennett just before she died.

This was apparently played during a radio interview with Bennett this week — the song features on Bennett’s upcoming album Duets II, which is due out in mid-September through Columbia, and will also be released as a charity single. The recording suggests that, whatever state Winehouse was or wasn’t in during the last year of her life, she was definitely in peak form when she recorded this — Bennett called her “really the best of all the young artists that I met in the current scene in the last 10 or 15 years,” and described her death as “just too tragic… I wanted to talk her out of the drugs, but unfortunately I never had a chance to talk to her.” RIP. [via Jezebel]