Amy Winehouse Hated Singing Her Hits Because They Reminded Her of Ex-Husband
Fri, 29 Jun 2012 13:52:45
The father of late singer Amy Winehouse has revealed that she hated performing some of her greatest hits, as they reminded her of her ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, the man many credit with introducing her to drugs and facilitating her downfall.
Winehouse sang about her relationship with Fielder-Civil on "Back to Black" and "Love Is a Losing Game." But when they split in 2009, she was troubled by having to sing the songs and relive the pain.
Papa Mitch Winehouse told The Guardian, "She said to me many times, 'I can't do these songs any more, Dad.' I said, 'Well, write some new ones then. Or do covers. People just want to hear you sing. You know, do your jazz stuff. Get up there and sing a nursery rhyme; they'll pay £100 to come and see you. They just want to see you, they want to see you enjoying yourself. There's no point in getting up there and singing songs that make you cry. Sing 'The Nearness of You.'"
He continued, "Lovely songs she could sing: 'Black Magic,' 'Fly Me to the Moon.' But those other songs were really a millstone around her neck. I can't listen to any of them." How tragic that her dad can't listen to them, either, since they showcase her beautiful, inimitable and much-missed voice.
Winehouse died last July at the age of 27.
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