The last music Amy Winehouse recorded before her untimely death in July was a duet with jazz legend Tony Bennett. Now that song is to be released as a charity single. The single will be out ahead of the release of the album “Duets II” on which it features. The album release will be on September 20, 2011.
“Body and Soul,” is a classic pop song made famous by Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, was recorded by Amy Winehouse and Tony Bennett at London’s Abbey Road Studios, in March, just a few short months before Winehouse’s tragic death on July 23. She was aged just 27.
Winehouse had endured a long battle with drugs and alcohol, although the cause of her death is as yet unexplained, pending toxicology reports.
Royalties from the “Body and Soul” single’s sales will go to a foundation that Amy Winehouse’s father, Mitch, is setting up in her name to help drug addicts. That has been confirmed by Liz Rosenberg, a spokeswoman for Bennett.
The song will also appear on Bennett’s “Duets II” CD which is to be released on September 20.
Tony Bennett, who celebrated his 85th birthday on Wednesday, is a Grammy winning jazz legend. His biggest songs include “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” and “Rags to Riches.” He has in the past commented on Amy Winehouse’s considerable talent as a jazz singer. He called her “truly, a good jazz singer” during an appearance on BBC Radio 4′s “Front Row” show last month.
Winehouse is also a Grammy winner. She is famous for her black beehive hairstyle and soulful voice. She is probably best known for her 2006 song “Rehab” that summed up her struggles with addiction.