Mark Ronson plays tribute gig to genius Amy Winehouse

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011
Amy Winehouse on stage with Mark Ronson

Amy Winehouse on stage with Mark Ronson

Mark Ronson has played a tribute concert to Amy Winehouse a day after he attended the funeral of the 27-year-old singer.

Despite some public spats, the two Jewish stars were close and Mr Ronson produced the singer's second album Back To Black.

At a show at the Greenwich Summer Sessions, he spoke of her "genius" and said it had been a difficult week. He opened his set with a version of Valerie, the Zutons' song that Ms Winehouse covered to critical acclaim.

Mr Ronson, who said on Sunday that Ms Winehouse was like a sister to him, told the crowd: "I went to her service yesterday and a rabbi said, 'A person's life is measured in deeds, not years', hers was pretty f****** special.

"Amy Winehouse was a genius and has made more brilliant music than I'll ever make."

Although a post-mortem has not yet revealed the cause of the singer's death, the Sun reported that her parents thought it might have been giving up alcohol.

The newspaper quoted a source saying: "Abstinence gave her body such a fright they thought it was eventually the cause of her death."

Last updated: 12:06pm, July 28 2011