July 27, 2011 22:23
Pop legend Ronnie Spector pays tribute to Amy Winehouse
She says 'Every time I looked at her, it was like I was looking at myself'
Ronnie Spector, the original bad girl of rock'n'roll has paid a heartfelt tribute to Amy Winehouse.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Spector told of her heartbreak upon hearing the singer had passed away and how she can “think of nobody but Amy”.
When I saw her two weeks ago on TV and she was all drugged out, drinking and stuff, I said, 'Damn it, damn it, damn it, damn it! Don't become like I was 20 years ago! I cleaned up. You gotta clean up!' And two weeks later, she's dead. I'm devastated.
Spector, who as part of The Ronettes has been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, says she saw many similarities between herself and the late singer, saying she had “my beehive, my eyeliner, my attitude” before stating that “she reminded me of my youth".
Spector, who was once married to infamous producer Phil Spector, also spoke of Amy visiting her show earlier in the year:
Amy came to my show in London about six months ago, and she was so shy. She was hiding behind somebody, but I could see the hairstyle and I knew she was there. That was all I needed. When I sang 'Back To Black' I could see the tears in her eyes and there were tears in mine.
Ronnie Spector will release a cover of 'Back To Black' with all proceeds going to the Daytop Village treatment centre for drug addiction.
It was also announced today (July 27) that Amy's family are to set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation, in order to help people with problems with addiction.
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