The Shirelles’ 1960 original is richer and warmer. Dusty Springfield’s 1964 cover is much more lively. But Amy Winehouse, with her unique Jazz singers’ croon, performs this song to a fantastic standard.
Amy Winehouse is a tragic figure considering her untimely death aged 27 in 2011. But I never really appreciated just how talented she was until I listened to productions that were starker than the ubiquitous “Back To Black” or “Valerie”.
Another reason that I came to respect her singing so much is listening to her duets and studio sessions. She really was a very rare talent indeed.
This cover of the classic love song was done in 2004 for the Bridget Jones soundtrack. There’s another version released posthumously in 2011, but I don’t like that as much.
Amy Winehouse sings powerfully and with plenty of soul here, to a sedate backdrop of guitar plucking, brass and clapping drums.
The world is worse off without her for sure.