Neil McCormick was the last person to interview Amy at Abbey Road
It was meant to be a new beginning for Amy, but after her death at the age of 27 last month, the number will be released to help fund a charitable foundatiion in her name.
Neil McCormick was there as Tony, 84, and Amy worked together.
‘Amy swept in late with an entourage and appeared edgy and wary of strangers, but physically she looked well,’ recalls Neil.
‘Her hair was big, her eye make-up almost Egyptian.
She was dressed in a retro cardigan, minidress and giant hoop earrings.
‘She was clearly sober, tanned and healthy, and she’d filled out a bit since her scrawny, drug-addled worst.
‘It was her first time in a studio in over a year and she was nervous, fiddling with her hair and shuffling her feet, but when she sang … boy.’
Tony and Amy weren’t happy with the first 9 takes of the jazz classic but nailed it on the 10th.
You’re one of my idols,’ she told him.
I’m just happy to be here.
‘It’s a story to tell my grandchildren to tell their grandchildren to tell their grandchildren.’
Sadly, that dream will not come true.
Read Neil McCormick’s feature about Amy Winehouse in Now magazine dated 8 August 2011 – out now!
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