In a lot of ways, Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson found themselves by finding each other. The man who produced Amy’s biggest hits referred to the songstress as his “musical soul-mate”. Like Lennon and McCartney, the two were never better than when they were together. Last night, at his first gig since the singer’s passing, Ronson paid tribute to his friend and collaborator by inviting her backing band onstage to perform several numbers. But this was far from a maudlin tribute, as the gang kicked things off with a particularly funky version of “Valerie”, the Zuton’s song Winehouse and Ronson famously covered in 2008.
“It’s been a s–t week and it’s great coming out to play to you guys,” he told those attending the Greenwich Summer Sessions show. “That’s the great thing about music. If you love Amy and her music make sure you clap your hands right now. I went to her service yesterday and a Rabbi said ‘A person’s life is measured in deeds, not years.’ Hers was pretty f—–g special.” He encouraged the crowd to join in and sing the fallen vocalists’ part, before going on to do versions of her other hits “Rehab” and “Back To Black”.
From the stage Ronson shared his final thoughts on his soul sister. “Amy Winehouse was a genius and has made more brilliant music than I’ll ever make.” Check out the touching (and rocking) version of “Valerie” in the video above. We never thought we could be so moved by a song that’s spent the greater part of three years being blared at an uncomfortable volume out our car windows for everyone to hear. And we bet that’s how Mark (and Amy) would have wanted it.