Fans were hoping that they’d get one last taste of Amy Winehouse’s music with an album released posthumously, but now they’ll get one better – a new song and a new video recorded by Amy and Tony Bennett will be aired for the first time on MTV tomorrow.
The video, which features Amy Winehouse and Tony Bennett singing a beautiful duet of “Body and Soul,” one of Bennett’s biggest hits, was originally made for a documentary of Bennett’s. But with such a tragic turn of events before its release, all proceeds from the song and the video will now be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. The song will also appear, as was originally planned, on Tony Bennett’s newest album, Duets II, to be released soon.
The recording and release of the song is meaningful in many ways. The day of its release would be Amy’s 28th birthday. “Body and Soul” is also the favorite song of Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father. And in an interview where she talked about the recording, Amy spoke of how it was a song she grew up on.
The song and the video will first be aired at 6:00 am on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 on MTV, VH1, MTV Hits, and mtvU. After its first airing it will then be played on all stations every hour for the entire morning. Previews of the video show Amy looking happy and healthy as she twirls her hair and sings in perfect harmony with Tony Bennett.
The song was recorded on March 23 at Abbey Road Studios, four months to the day before Amy died from unknown causes in her London apartment.