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28 July 2011

RIP Amy Winehouse

By Nancy Woo

When the news was released that Amy Winehouse died of a drug overdose on Saturday, alone in her home at age 27, the world mourned the too-soon passing of this iconic beehive-haired, tattooed English Grammy-winning soul princess.

After fighting a long battle with substance abuse and slurring and falling on stage recently in Serbia, forcing her agents to cancel the entire European tour so that she could take some time to recover from her addiction, the glam goddess fatefully joined the infamous "27 Club," to which other music legends like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain belong. But she is not joining this doom group without a legacy of her own. She will be known for her unique pop style, a fusion between jazz, soul and hip-hop, and her unrestrained exploration of the sex, drugs and rock'n'roll lifestyle.

Rolling Stone Magazine compiled a list of tributes going around right now honoring the bad girl pop queen. Read that here, with links at the bottom to even more nods to the late diva.

Ronnie Spector, lead singer of the all girl group The Ronnettes, who sported a similar beehive hairdo and no-shit kind of attitude in the 60s, who was influential to Winehouse, shares her thoughts and releases a tribute cover of Winehouse's soulful song "Back to Black" with Rolling Stone Magazine.

There is no shortage of memories, covers and tributes pouring onto the music scene right now, but from our humble perspective, RIP Amy Winehouse from OLR.

Amy Winehouse's official (and tearful, now) video of the Grammy-winning song "Rehab":

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