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“I’m a huge fan,” Gaga gushed with tears in her eyes. “She was my only hope when I was up and coming. Nobody knew who I was and I had no fans, no record label and everybody, when they met me, said I wasn’t pretty enough or that my voice was too low or strange. They had nowhere to put me. And then I saw her in Rolling Stone and I saw her live. I just remember thinking ‘Well, they found somewhere to put Amy…’”
Gaga was busy in New York over the weekend, recording a jazz duet of “The Lady is a Tramp” with Tony Bennett for his upcoming Duets II LP, out Sept. 20. Winehouse will also appear on the album, as the duo recorded a version of “Body and Soul” at the Abbey Road Studios in London this past March. Bennett was the last person to record with the late singer.
“Everybody was apprehensive as to how it was going to go,” he recalled. “But she was really the best of all the young artists that I met in the current scene in the last 10 or 15 years. She was really singing true jazz. It’s just too tragic. I wanted to talk to her and tell her that if she doesn’t stop she’s going to die. I wanted to talk her out of the drugs, but unfortunately I never had a chance to talk to her.”
“She’s really special,” Gaga added. “She just gave me a lot of hope and she deserved a lot better than what people gave her. And I hope that the world learns a lesson from this. I really hope they do. Because it’s not her lesson to learn – it’s the world’s.”
Winehouse and Bennett’s duet will be released as a charity single, with proceeds going directly to Winehouse’s father, Mitch, who is founding a charity to educate young people and fight drug addiction.
Winehouse passed away at 27-years old on July 23. She had famously battled drugs and alcohol in recent years, though an official cause of death has not yet been released.
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