‘Body and Soul’ clip drops at 6 a.m. on MTV, VH1, MTV Hits and mtvU.
By Gil Kaufman
Fans of late British soul star Amy Winehouse will get a look at the final song and video the “Rehab” singer filmed before her death Wednesday when Tony Bennett releases the clip for the pair’s duet on the jazz standard “Body and Soul.” The clip will premiere at 6 a.m. on MTV, VH1, MTV Hits and mtvU and then repeat on an hourly basis throughout the morning, after which it will be available online on MTV.com.
The track and video will drop on what would have been Winehouse’s 28th birthday, and it will show the unique collaboration between the legendary crooner and the beehive-sporting retro soul singer who died July 23 of undetermined causes in her London apartment. The song and video were recorded on March 23 at Abbey Road Studios in London and the proceeds from its sale will be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
“We had a beautiful time recording together in the studio, and I knew that Amy was very happy with how she performed that day,” Bennett said in a statement. “I thought she was absolutely brilliant, and this recording truly captures the essence of her unique artistry. She was a rare talent.”
The video footage of the two singing together is bittersweet, with Winehouse looking healthy and alert, twirling her hair coquettishly as she matched him note-for-note on the standard. Wearing one of the plaid sweaters from her Fred Perry fashion collection, her hair in a signature bouffant, a smiling Winehouse held her own with Bennett, trading lines and sharing a warm hug at the end.
The recording session was filmed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Dion Beebe (“Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha”) as part of an upcoming documentary on Bennett. The song will appear on the 85-year-old icon’s Duets II, which also features him singing with Lady Gaga, Michael BublRead also...