1. Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to five 2008 Grammy Awards, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made her the first British female to win five Grammys, including three of the general field “Big Four” awards: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
2. Winehouse won three Ivor Novello Awards: in 2004, Best Contemporary Song for “Stronger Than Me”; in 2007, Best Contemporary Song again, this time for “Rehab”; and in 2008, Best Song Musically and Lyrically for “Love Is a Losing Game.”
3. She won the 2007 Brit Award for Best British Female Artist, having also been nominated for Best British Album, with Back to Black.
4. Her album Back to Black posthumously became for a time the UK’s best-selling album of the 21st century.
5. Amy Winehouse was born in Chase Farm Hospital in north London, to Jewish parents. The Winehouse ancestors were Russian and Polish immigrants to London.
6. In 1992 her grandmother Cynthia suggested she attend the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School, where she went on Saturdays to further her vocal education and to learn to tap dance. before seeking full-time training at Sylvia Young Theatre School.
7. Winehouse was allegedly expelled at 14 for “not applying herself” and also for piercing her nose. Sylvia Young has denied this “She changed schools at 15 I’ve heard it said she was expelled; she wasn’t.
8. After toying around with her brother Alex’s guitar, Winehouse bought her own when she was 14 and began writing music a year later.
9. When he asked who the singer was, the manager told him he was not allowed to say.
10. Having decided that he wanted to sign her, it took several months of asking around for Beese to eventually discover who the singer was.
11. However, Winehouse had already recorded a number of songs and signed a publishing deal with EMI by this time.
12. Incidentally, she formed a working relationship with producer Salaam Remi through these record publishers.
13. Beese introduced Winehouse to his boss, Nick Gatfield, and the Island head shared his enthusiasm in signing the young artist.