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It is a bittersweet day for fans of the late, great Amy Winehouse. Her last recorded song “Body and Soul” has just been released in commemoration of what would have been her 28th birthday on September 14.
“Body and Soul” was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and is the final recording she ever made before her passing on July 23. The recording session was filmed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Dion Beebe (“Chicago,” “Memoirs Of A Geisha”) as part of a large documentary film on Bennett that is in the works.
All proceeds from the sale of the “Body and Soul” single and video will go to The Amy Winehouse Foundation The organization was founded by the singer’s parents, Mitch and Janis Winehouse, with a mission to provide support for young people struggling with ill health, disability, financial disadvantage, or addiction.
Amy Winehouse was not merely a featured artist on Tony Bennett’s album. He has said that they had a very strong relationship and a mutual admiration. He released a statement after her death stating, “She was an extraordinary musician with a rare intuition as a vocalist and I am truly devastated that her exceptional talent has come to such an early end.” He later called her “a lovely and intelligent person”. Winehouse mirrored Bennett’s feelings when she spoke of her excitement of recording “Heart and Soul” before her unfortunate death. She said, “”It was really exciting that he chose that song because I do love it. It’s such a beautifully written song.”
“Body and Soul” will be featured on Tony’s upcoming release, “Tony Bennett: Duets II” out on September 20th via RPM/Columbia Records. “Duets II” produced by Phil Ramone follows up “Tony Bennett Duets: An American Classic” CD, the 2006 Grammy winning best selling CD which became Bennett’s best selling recording to date. The album boasts an all-star cast of duet partners including Lady Gaga,Carrie Underwood, John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, Mariah Carey, and Aretha Franklin.
Check out “Body and Soul” below:
Pre-order your own copy of Tony Bennett: Duets II from iTunes here.
Track listing for Tony Bennett’s Duet’s II here:
The Lady Is A Tramp with Lady Gaga
One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) with John Mayer
Body And Soul with Amy Winehouse
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore with Michael Bublé
Blue Velvet with k.d. lang
How Do You Keep The Music Playing with Aretha Franklin
The Girl I Love with Sheryl Crow
On The Sunny Side of the Street with Willie Nelson
Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) with Queen Latifah
Speak Low with Norah Jones
This Is All I Ask with Josh Groban
Watch What Happens with with Natalie Cole
Stranger In Paradise with Andrea Bocelli
The Way You Look Tonight with Faith Hill
Yesterday I Heard The Rain with Alejandro Sanz
It Had To Be You with Carrie Underwood