THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
806-Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse-Valerie.
2007-Number 2 single.
Best Bit-At 0.08. The voice that proves she is a worthy member of the ’27 Club.’
Amy Jade Winehouse was born on September 14th, 1983, in Southgate, London, England, and died July 23rd, 2011. Winehouse was plagued by drug and alcohol addiction, and died of alcohol poisoning, at the age of 27.She released two critically acclaimed Albums during her lifetime (‘Frank’ in 2003, and ‘Back to Black’ in 2006,’) a posthumous collection of demos, and covers called ‘Lioness, Hidden Treasures,’ was released in December 2011.
Amy Winehouse is now a member of the ’27 Club,’which commemorates artists who have died at that age.At one time it was thought that more pop stars were dying at that age than any other, but research has repeatedly disproved this. Between 1969-1971, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison all died at that age, but it wasn’t until about two and a half decades later, with the death of Kurt Cobain, that the idea of a 27 club began to catch on in public perception.In 2011, 17 years after Cobain’s death, Amy Winehouse died, she had three years earlier expressed her fear of dying at 27.
The original version of ‘Valerie’ was a Number 9 hit single for the Liverpool band The Zutons, primarily written by the bands lead singer Dave McCabe, but writing credits are given to five band members.The songs title, and subject refer to celebrity makeup artist Valerie Star, who visited McCabe when he was having a hard time, but she ended up being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, and had her license suspended.Amy Winehouse had always been a fan of the song, and when Mark Ronson (see also best songs 40) asked her to sing something on his 2007 Album ‘Version,’she chose this, which Ronson radically reworked, admitting it was influenced by the Jam’s 1982 song ‘Town Called Malice (see also best songs 59.)
‘Cause since I’ve come on home, well my body’s been a mess,and I’ve missed your ginger hair, and the way you like to dress.’