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Remembering Amy Winehouse: Influential And Inimitable British Singer-Songwriter, Gone Too Soon

Amy Winehouse's untimely death on 23 July 2011 sent shockwaves to every corner of the British capital, as her love for London and its buzz had always been the cornerstone of all her creative work. She was particularly dedicated to the neighborhood of Camden Town — so much so that in 2008, she famously dedicated her five Grammy Awards to her chosen home.

Ten years after her death, you can still find memories of Winehouse all over Camden and other parts of in north London, where she had spent much of her childhood and formative years, helping to shape her as an artist.

Her family also played a role in her musical development, exposing her to many mid-century musical influences starting at an early age. Winehouse's grandmother, Cynthia, worked as a professional vocalist, and her father, Mitch, was a big fan of the Rat Pack.

Raised on jazz standards

Cynthia performed at places like the legendary Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club on Frith Street in Soho but also just in the family living room. Amy would sing along, or sometimes she wouold imitate the voices on the vinyl records her dad played, from Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughn to Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday. These voices greatly influenced Winehouse — her voice has often been compared to Holiday's.

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