I went to see Mark Ronson tonight at the local Greenwich Summer Sessions and had a blast. Â Given the death of Amy Winehouse in the past week, with whom Ronson had worked extensively – apparently she called him the “sister she never wanted” – the evening was very much a tribute to her. You can read a good summary of it at GigwiseÂ and the BBCÂ and an amateur video of the final Valerie.
Anyway, here are a few photographs I took to remember the evening and put in my 2011 personal album.
The show opened and closed with “Valerie” – a song which Ronson and Winehouse recorded together. Â The opening version was sung by Ronson and its writer Dave McCabe and the closing one by an expanded band including musicians and singers from Winehouse’s band. Â McCabe said in the Scotland on Sunday: Â “I could tell you I was inspired by gazing out across the Mersey or walking past Macca’s old house, but the truth is I got the idea in a cab on the way to my mum’s. The whole song was written before I got there, so 20 minutes, max.”