Amy Winehouse's father remembers singer, planned to celebrate at her favorite bar
A year has passed since Amy Winehouse died on July 23, 2011, and her father, Mitch Winehouse, said in a recent interview that he planned to remember the singer with a celebration with her friends at her favorite jazz bar.
Winehouse told The Associated Press in a recent interview that he planned to spend the day with family and friends by gathering at her house for Jewish prayer where a few of the singer's fans might be. Then they'll celebrate her at a party at Jazz After Dark, Amy Winehouse's favorite jazz bar
"There are going to be lots of tears and lots of laughter and that is exactly how Amy would have wanted it," he said to the wire service.
The Grammy-winning soul singer, known for her hit "Rehab" and her beehive hairstyle, died at age 27 in her London apartment in July 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning after battling substance abuse for years.
Mitch Winehouse said that while he is still having a tough time coping with the loss, he had been able to do a lot of good in her name through the the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which he founded on her behalf.
"Even after a small space in time - we're talking a year since Amy passed away - we are beginning, well, Amy is beginning, to have a positive effect on a lot of disadvantaged young people's lives," Winehouse told The Associated Press.
Mitch Winehouse started the foundation shortly after Winehouse's death. He told BBC News at the time 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."
So far, the foundation has raised over $1 million in the United Kingdom and has helped a variety of charities. In America, the group will be working with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra to develop after school music houses and feed hungry children throughout Louisiana.
Proceeds from Mitch Winehouse's book titled "Amy, My Daughter" and Amy Winehouse's posthumous album "Lioness: Hidden Treasures," went to the foundation.
"I don't feel any accomplishment or any joy," Mitch Winehouse said of the book. "The reality is I shouldn't have had to written the book in the first place."
"I wrote it fairly quickly after Amy passed away. I found writing it quite cathartic and I thought it would help me in my recovery, and to a certain extent it has," he continued. "But reading the book back for edits was very difficult indeed; more difficult than writing the book."
Mitch Winehouse also revealed that there will be more music by Amy Winehouse in the future.
"We're working with (music producers) Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson to see what they've got. But we have to be mindful; we don't want to put anything out that could be damaging. It wouldn't be right for Amy's fans."
He added that there could be a possible film based on his daughter's life in the works.
"Whatever we do we have to make sure it's done in good taste," he said. "We don't want a sensationalized movie going out, you know, but equally there's no point in sort of massaging the fact that Amy was a alcoholic and drug addict; no point in pretending that didn't happen."
The first annual Amy Winehouse Inspiration Awards and Gala will take place October 11 in New York and will honor Remi and Tony Bennett, with whom Amy Winehouse recorded the duet "Body & Soul." The song was on his album "Duets II" and won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards in February.