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Late Night: Tony Bennett: Amy Winehouse knew she was going to die

September 30, 2011 |  7:58 am

Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse

On Thursday night’s episode of “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart asked legendary crooner Tony Bennett about working with Amy Winehouse on his most recent album, "Duets II," recorded not long before her death in July. “When you're working with somebody in that situation... is that something you feel from it? Do you get a sense that there's trouble there?”

Bennett knew that Winehouse was in turmoil because she had missed a number of engagements. He also claimed that Winehouse herself sensed the end was near. “She knew that she was in a lot of trouble, that she wasn't going to live. It wasn't drugs, it was alcohol, toward the end,” he said.

He went on to express sadness over her untimely passing. “She was really, since Elvis Presley and the Beatles and the Rolling Stones … she was the only singer that really sang what I call the right way.” Comparing her to Dinah Washington, Bennett said, “She was really a great jazz singer, a true jazz singer.”

-- Meredith Blake
Photo: Tony Bennett, left, and Amy Winehouse. Credit: Kyle Terada / US Presswire and Matt Dunham / Associated Press.