Don't Cry For Amy Winehouse!

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Yes, her death was way premature and truly awful, but the time she spent on earth wasn't all tragic.

So says the venerable Tony Bennett, who is Grammy-nominated for "Body and Soul," the duet he did with the big-haired, -lunged, and -nerved chanteuse.

Tony tells Parade magazine:

"She was a very genuine singer.

"She wanted to hit the top.

"I met her mom after she died and her mother said, 'A lot of people feel tragic about what happened, but I know that it was her dream to become very successful and it actually happened.'

"Even though she had a short life, she actually attained what she had dreamed about and wanted to do."

I'd rather have a long life and attain my dreams -- which I have -- but I guess it's time for us to look at the positive side of what Ames represented and achieved.

I bet she gets the Grammy!



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Limem!
Limem!

Well it sounds like the time to have a little Freudian fricassee? So Jim Morrison! Amy Winehouse, who say what? ' nobody misses the junkie that is Amy, one less drunken junkie."It all sounds so like John Lennon's song 'Jealous Guy'. And I"ve been around longer than what's between your mother's thighs! It sounds like your just to young and self absorbed to get it. It"s like said I lived in Hollywood and Las Vegas more in likely long before you were ever born. I loved it, for what it was. I knew greats like a lot of the old jazz greats. People like Red Skelton. Iasked him once what he would do if some hurt him? And he said 'that he would go into his garden and think kindly of them and forgive them." So I asked him what if they hurt you a second time? And he said the same thing. So I asked him that if a person hurthim a third time, what would be his state of mind? And he put his head down and said "that that person would no longed be a part of his life." Phyllis Dillar, Totie Fields, Janis Jopplin, she sang "Take another piece of my heart out." I knew the great Jmmy Henddrix, he sang "Purple Haze and Voo doo child." And I am! I knew and dearly loved the greatestof all Liberace. An human angel! One of the sweetest souls that I knew was Sammy David Jr. he sang " Mr Bolangles." Butt Jimmy Morrison I would say go listen to that song, or John Lennon's 'Working Class Hero." We did! And learned from these words of wisdom! And they all were writen by drunks and junkies, who were real people that the world and our fellow man put real pain and hell in to these peoples souls and lifes! I say Jimmy come to my owlish friends frolic at Castle Pio Dea! As for your post my love TOMMY ROE call Chris he'll be in Charlotte S.C. this week. I'll take you to South Florida next week if you come to the lake house. We have a lot of catching up to do. Ask Chris about the 7 Directions? Arrivederci! Remember no chasing white rabbits! Not till we  come together.

Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison

nobody misses the junkie that is amy wino.

one less drunken junkie.

Tommy Roe
Tommy Roe

Oh dear God Limen! It's you. I knew when I read your post that it was you. I don't know if you remember me? But I remember you. I thought of all the wild stories that were told about you. I remember the very first night that I laid my star-struck eyes on you at Rupert's party in Las Vegas. What more than 40 years ago? I recall my grandma always saying stay away from you. You had that 1948 purple hearse with the old wooden 2 door coffin in the back of it. You were the wildest queen that I've ever known. And still feel so deeply about us and the world. Oh please may I see you again. Some one told me that you lived at the lake house. If you may let me see you, tell your friend Diarrhea's son Chris. I ran in to him in South Beach about 8 months ago. God the stories that he told me about when he was a little boy. And all the absolutely crazy stories he told about you and his mom. When I read your post I cried. I know you've seen and did so much. More than a hundred people could do in a thousand years. Chris said that your lover Dennis died in 2000. And you mom die. He said that you had some gorgeous 23 year old boyfriend from the university. Please let me see you. I'll call Chris. I  love you crazy old queen Tommy Roe. Please.

Guest
Guest

I think that Back to Black was an absolute masterpiece, but I didn't really like her last, posthumous album.  

LIMEN!
LIMEN!

I lived in Hollywood and Las Vegas in the 50s, 60s, and 70s and I knew a lot of those great old timers. And even Dean Martin was form my town. And they were all the best at what they did! I knew all the big bosses of the hotels and never once bought a dinner show. And that's what I did every night. You all talk about Marilyn, Judy Garland, Billy Holiday, and Tony Bennett. You have no idea what they go through every day to give thier fans the best that they can give. And if they should need some thing to fill that huge void. That cross that each and every one of us has to bear. I've learned every man, woman, and child has a vice or poison that they need to kill the pain that this foul world embellishs us with. At lest Amy did it her way. And while she was here she did it dam well. But your right about the money. THERE ARE THE HOSTS AND THEN THERE ARE THE PARASITES. WHICH ARE WE? Every dog shall have it's day. BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER!  IT DOEN'T COST ANYTHING BUT A KIND WORD OR A SMILE! AND IT JUST MIGHT KILL THE PAIN THAT SOME ONE IS GOING THROUGH!

Jane
Jane

She really did have a life to envy in many respects but she paid a price for it.  I know she was very lucky to spend all that time in st. lucia.. most of us can do no such thing.  I remember she paid for a man's operation there ..she was a nice lady despite her tough girl image.  I miss her because there is nobody like her now.. she didn't prune her public image.. and that was fun to watch sometimes.. 

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

It's always been true of young celebrities coming to early, bad ends, but there's no reason that this had to happen to Amy Winehouse, as Martin notes so accurately. It's already a cliche, but it CAN get better and there are so many more options and help available today. .

When Marilyn died, Judy Garland said, "When you've been told you're irresponsible and your own worst enemy, you shouldn't be left alone around liquor and drugs."

If only to protect the "property" against herself.

Ms. Winehouse will now make more money for people she never knew in her lifetime than she ever did in life.

Just saw where Marilyn's image has just been newly licensed for $20 million.

I doubt that Marilyn Monroe ever had anywhere near a million bucks at any time in her life. She was still making $750 a week while 20th Century-Fox was banking millions with her movies.

"Better be careful, honey.Save your money.They could be just as fond--of Next Year's Blonde." 

MartinNYID
MartinNYID

I cry for Winehouse because this isn't 1925, we have lots of resources and information that wasn't available to the likes of Billie Holiday and others, and the great big Hollywood & Music Industry machines whored this talented addict out to the masses when she clearly needed help. Would she have been receptive? No guarantees. Did the other way work? No.

Selfishly Now, instead of hearing her next masterful contribution to music,  the world gets to watch Madonna and Gagme fight it out over being LOUD. And in light of this greater conversation, I find Madonna's 'MDNA' references irresponsible, childish and disgusting. Young Amy Winehouses are watching. And while we cannot prevent addiction, we sure as hell can make damn sure not to encourage it.

Mayhew
Mayhew

I'm surprised Tony isn't in album of the year category for his duets. That would have added some old-school gravitas.

Parnell
Parnell

I still can't help feeling it's anything but sad.

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