July 23, 2011 will forever be a dark day in music history, because it's the day one of its most talented voices, Amy Winehouse, passed away.
But even though it's been six years since her death, the tributes still continue to come in left and right. On Nov. 17, Underground Arts in Philadelphia will host a Back To Black: Amy Winehouse Tribute concert. And from the sound of it, there will be more things coming to honor the late singer in the future.
According to her father Mitch Winehouse, a musical will be released on Amy’s life, The Sun reports. Mitch said it was important to him that people knew the other sides of his daughter besides what was written about her in the press.
“A musical celebrating her life and music is being talked about for the near future,” he said while speaking at the Amy Winehouse Foundation Gala in London. “It is something I’d really like to happen, and I’ve said I’m happy for it to go ahead. It would be for the West End. We want to do something that remembers Amy for what she was, there's so much more to her than just the drugs and the alcohol.”
By the time Amy died from alcohol poisoning in 2011, she was hailed as one of the most famous and respected singers of her era. She began writing songs at the age of 14 and started singing with a local group called Bolsha Band. Amy then signed to Island Records and worked with producers Commissioner Gordon, Salaam Remi and others on her stunning 2003 debut Frank.
Filled with old-school jazz riffs and Amy’s beyond-her-years vocals, Frank received critical acclaim and but just moderate commercial success. However, it was the late singer’s follow-up, Back To Black, that catapulted her into legendary status and put her name in the same sentences as the Sarah Vaughn's and Ella Fitzgerald's of the world.
While speaking about the upcoming musical, Mitch said that he wanted it to show how Amy composed some of her material.
“We want to do something positive about how she developed her music,” he said. “What we don’t hear is that she was clean of drugs for three years when she died.”