A duet between jazz legend Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse is to be released as a charity single.Proceeds from the jazz classic Body and Soul will go toward a charity being set up by the late singer’s father to help young people.
The pair recorded the track at London’s Abbey Road Studios in March. It was one of Winehouse’s last recordings prior to her death on 23 July.It will be released ahead of Bennett’s Duets II album, out on 20 September.”What’s going to happen is that we’re putting that [Body and Soul] out ahead of the album,” Bennett told MTV.”And it’s going to a foundation that her father started – to teach all the young children not to take drugs, and all the royalties of the record will go to that.”In a statement, Mitch Winehouse said he “couldn’t be happier”.
He added: “Amy was so excited to be working with Tony Bennett and really looking forward to her fans hearing this new recording.The fact that Amy’s voice is sounding as amazing and beautiful as ever and she is singing with the great Tony Bennett seems the most fitting tribute of all at this very difficult time.
“In an interview with Radio 4’s Front Row last month, Bennett praised Winehouse’s musical talent, calling her “truly, a good jazz singer”.Winehouse died unexpectedly, aged 27, following years of alcohol and drug addiction.The singer’s family are currently awaiting the results of toxicology tests to establish the cause of her death. – BBC