“The Girl From Ipanema”
Salaam Remi: “One day in 2002, 18-year-old Amy Winehouse walked into my studio in Miami I just moved into after leaving 30 glorious years in the beautiful New York City. From my semi-retirement I said, only bring good people with good music and good money. If it’s good people with good music the money will come. In walked a good person named Amy Winehouse and she had good music. So there was the story.
This was the first thing I ever heard upon us meeting. She pulled out a guitar and started singing ‘Girl From Ipanema.’ And I looked at her and then I said, ‘Ohh you can sing!
“Basically this was the first thing that I ever heard upon us meeting. She pulled out a guitar and started singing ‘Girl From Ipanema.’ And I looked at her and then I said, ‘Ohh you can sing!’
“And then every once in a while she would she would say that to me just to be funny, over the years. ‘Ohh you can sing!’ Cause at the end of the day I didn’t know who I was meeting and if they could they really sing. And it was really important that she could.
“This version of it as it was recorded in 2002, it’s just got a bit of a beat behind it. And this really just represents what Amy was: Classic material, classic songs, but still with a bit of young energy and pizzazz to it, to keep it on the cusp.”