Amy Winehouse -Tony Bennett duet to be released as charity single
One of Amy Winehouse's final recordings, a duet with Tony Bennett, will be released as a charity single in September, her father says.
The troubled jazz and soul singer died at age 27 last month in her London home. The singer had battled addictions to drugs and alcohol for years, although the cause of her death has not yet been revealed.
"Amy was so excited to be working with Tony Bennett and really looking forward to her fans hearing this new recording," her father, Mitch Winehouse, said in a statement carried by BBC News. "The fact that Amy's voice is sounding as amazing and beautiful as ever and she is singing with the great Tony Bennett seems the most fitting tribute of all at this very difficult time."
Mitch Winehouse, a former London taxi driver who recently began to perform and record music himself, added that proceeds from the single, "Body and Soul," are to go to the new Amy Winehouse Foundation.
"The foundation is going to help thousands of people," he Tweeted on Wednesday, which was also Bennett's 85th birthday. "That is Amy's legacy."
He told BBC News that the charity group will aid "a range of causes close to Amy's heart," adding: "This could include help for children in trouble, suffering from health problems, children's hospices and more."
In January, Amy Winehouse began a music comeback following years of turmoil. That month, it was reported that Amy Winehouse and Bennett, a veteran crooner known for songs such as "The Way You Look Tonight," may record a duet.
BBC News said the two recorded "Body and Soul" at London's Abbey Road Studios in March. The song also is set to be featured on Bennett's upcoming album "Duets II," which is set for release on September 20 and also features collaborations with popular artists such as Lady Gaga, Queen Latifah, Josh Groban, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, Carrie Underwood, John Mayer and Michael Buble.Sales of Winehouse's music have soared since her death. She is said to have left behind several unreleased tracks that could be put together for a posthumous album.