When Adele first came to prominence in 2008, she was riding a wave of British retro-soul kicked off by the success of Amy Winehouse, and it’s possible to hear a ton of Winehouse’s smoky, emotionally intense, vocally pyrotechnic influence in the music that Adele’s still making today. (Adele and Winehouse also performed together at the Brit Awards in 2008.) Two nights ago, Adele played a show in Boston on what would’ve been Winehouse’s 33rd birthday. And during her set, Adele dedicated her cover of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” to Winehouse, talking about Winehouse’s influence on her and how she wishes she was still here, recording, today. It’s a nice speech, and you can watch a fan-made video below, via Pitchfork.
If Winehouse had successfully battled her demons and lived, is it possible that she would’ve been in the same stratospheric zone as Adele is in right now? It’s sad to consider.