Today in Music History: Amy Winehouse remembered

Amy Winehouse performs in London in 2007
Amy Winehouse performs at London's Music of Black Origin Awards in 2007. (Jo Hale/Getty Images)

History Highlight

Today in 1983, singer Amy Winehouse was born in north London. Known for her deep vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm and blues, jazz and reggae, Winehouse's 2003 debut album, Frank, was a critical success in the U.K., and her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to five 2008 Grammy Awards, tying what was then a record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made her the first British female to win five Grammys. To honor Winehouse, who passed away in 2011, on this date in 2014, a life-size bronze statue of Winehouse was unveiled in Camden, north London. Winehouse's father, Mitch Winehouse, said Amy was "in love with Camden" and it was the place fans associated with her. Created by sculptor Scott Eaton, the statue features Winehouse with her hand on hip and her trademark beehive hairdo.

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1955 - Little Richard recorded the song, "Tutti Frutti." The session had not been going well, but with only 15 minutes left in the session, Richard recorded the song and coined the phrase, "A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom."

1968 - The first episode of the animated series, The Archies, based on the comic strip, aired on television. Rock mogul Don Kirshner (who also brought us The Monkees), was put in charge of the show's studio musicians.

1968 - Roy Orbison's house in Nashville burned down, and his two eldest sons both died in the blaze. Orbison was on a U.K. tour at the time of the incident.

1974 - Stevie Wonder started a two-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with Fulfillingness First Finale, his second No. 1 album.

1979 - The film Quadrophenia was released. Based on The Who's 1973 rock opera, the film featured Phil Daniels, Toyah Willcox, Ray Winstone, Michael Elphick and Sting.

1984 - David Bowie won Video of the Year for "China Girl" at the first MTV Video awards.

1995 - The lyrics to The Beatles song 'Getting Better' hand-written by Paul McCartney sold for £161,000 (about $250,000) at a Sotheby's auction in London.

2002 - No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani married Gavin Rossdale of Bush in St. Paul's church London. The pair divorced earlier this year.


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