While speculation over posthumous Amy Winehouse material raged on the Internet, English audiences were treated to a sweetly hopeful surprise tribute to the fallen star last night: jack-of-all-trades DJ/producer Mark Ronson, Winehouse’s friend and frequent musical collaborator, honored the late chanteuse onstage during a live set at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, England.
NME.com reports that Ronson invited Zutons singer Dave McCabe onstage for a rendition of the Zutons’ original song “Valerie,” a tune that quickly became a smash neo-soul phenomenon when Winehouse covered it on Ronson’s 2007 covers-only album Versions. Ronson, who had attended Winehouse’s funeral the day before, dedicated the performance to Winehouse’s memory.
Members of Winehouse’s band also took the stage later to perform alongside Ronson in a reprise of “Valerie.” Watch it below:
“I went to [Amy’s] service yesterday and there was a rabbi that spoke,” Ronson said to the audience. “And he said that somebody’s life is measured in deeds and not years, and that’s the best thing I heard yesterday.
“The genius in that woman and what she shared with us is pretty special. I’m not going to get all morbid on you. It’s just nice to be playing music to people who like good music. She is my sister, wherever she is.”
Ronson, who also produced “Rehab” and “You Know I’m No Good” from Winehouse’s album Back to Black, later welcomed Rumble Strips frontman Charlie Waller onto the stage, where he performed a tribute cover of her sultry “Back to Black.”
Winehouse had reportedly been working on her third LP for nearly three years at the time of her death, according to the U.K. Guardian. A spokesman close to Universal, the parent company of Winehouse’s label Island Records, said she had “put down the bare bones” of at least a dozen new tracks. Sensational ones, too: “They were really good,” he said. “We heard rough cuts and they sound like vintage Amy.”
Naturally, there’s speculation that the unheard material, while incomplete, may now be headed for a posthumous album release. Any future Winehouse material, though, would have to be approved the singer’s family, management and label.
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