Amy Winehouse is called “The Queen of Camden.” We take a look back at her life of joy and troubles and remember her relationship with Camden Town.
Amy Jade Winehouse was born on 14th September 1983 in Southgate, London. She attended Osidge Primary School in the same area. At the age of 9 she started attending the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School where she learned about vocals and how to tap dance. Afterwards she went to the well-respected Sylvia Young Theatre School. A stint at the BRIT School honed her vocal and musical skills.
Amy bought her first guitar at the age of 14 after playing around with the guitar belonging to her brother, Alex.
Frank, her debut album, was released in October 2003. The album was heavily jazz influenced and included two covers. Her follow up album, Back to Black, was releases in October 2006, becoming the best-selling album in the UK in 2007. This was the album that put Amy Winehouse and her music on the map.
Winehouse did her last ever public performance at Roundhouse in Camden on 20th July 2011.
Amy Winehouse died on 23rd July 2011 in Camden Town. Fans immediately headed to the park opposite her house on Camden Square to pay tribute and mourn together.
In February 2008 when she accepted a Grammy Award, she said “This is for London because Camden town ain’t burning down,” about the fire in Camden Town at the time.
Amy was a regular drinker at The Hawley Arms, sometimes even getting behind the bar to pour drinks. This pub is sometimes referred to as ‘the Amy Winehouse pub.’
She lived at 30 Camden Square until her death. Fans still leave flowers and tributes in the park opposite the house.
Many of her first gigs were played at The Dublin Castle on Parkway, where she became friends with the bar staff. A signed photo of her still appears above the bar.
Primrose Hill, towards the north end of Camden Town, was a regular spot for her to chill in the summer months, being seeing their regularly with her partner Blake Fielder-Civil.
The Good Mixer on Inverness Street was also a pub that she used to visit. It’s the pub where she met Blake.
The Amy Winehouse statue made from bronze was erected in September 2014 in the Camden Market, as a tribute to “The Queen of Camden” and is a popular destination for Amy Winehouse fans to visit. Her father Mitch said: “Now Amy will oversee the comings and goings of her home town forever… Amy was in love with Camden and it is the place her fans from all over the world associate her with.”
Amy Winehouse will always be associated with Camden Town, and her memories and music will forever be with Camden.
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