Amy Winehouse’s Dad Says Bey Didn’t Ask Permission To Record ‘Back To Black’ Cover

April 23, 2013  |  

Since the release of Beyoncé and Andre 3000’s rendition of the late Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” track for The Great Gatsby remake, many have criticized the duo for the track asking, “What were they thinking?” and exclaiming how much better Amy’s original version was. Amy’s Dad, Mitch Winehouse had a few things to say about the track as well.

“I don’t think she brings anything to it,” Mitch told Daily Mail of Bey’s version of his deceased daughter’s song.

Mitch also says that at first, Bey and her camp never formally asked for permission to record the song.

“I wasn’t asked for my permission if they could record it.”

He went on to say that he has since agreed to allow them to use it, but it’s going to cost them.

“They have got to pay for the privilege, which is what they are doing. I can’t tell you how much it is but it’s a lot of money.”

Some perceived his response as perfectly warranted, while others felt it to be a bit shady. Mitch took to his Twitter page a couple of days ago to insist that there was no shade intended and that he welcomes Bey to cover more of Amy’s songs, as many of the proceeds go to charity.


In case you were wondering, the Amy Winehouse Resilience Program was set up by the Amy Winehouse Foundation. The overall goal of the foundation is to prevent drug and alcohol abuse among young people. The Resilience Program specifically promotes drug and alcohol education in schools. Mitch’s description of the program found on the organization’s website reads:

“Far too many young people and their families are affected by substance misuse, including alcohol and ‘legal highs’. We want to change that. One of the key needs we have identified is for an effective educational and support service for young people and their families, working within schools. In partnership with Addaction we have developed a programme which works with students, parents and teachers to make them better able to communicate with each other and make informed choices.”

It seems like a very admirable cause. It’s great to know that the money is going to a good place.

What are your thoughts on this?

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