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- Posted on Aug 28th 2011 11:45PM by Kenneth Partridge
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"Of all the artists Ive met in the last 20 years, she was a true jazz artist in the tradition of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday," said Bennett, who recorded a song with Winehouse for his forthcoming 'Duets II' album.
"You can't just be a jazz singer, either," Bennett added. "Either you've got it, or you haven't got it, and Amy had the whole gift."
If Bennett realized Winehouse's greatness right away, it took comedian Russell Brand slightly longer.
"She just seemed like an ordinary girl with extraordinary hair," said Mr. Katy Perry, thinking back on when he first met the beehived singer.
Once he heard her voice, however, he realized she was "a genius" -- the rare sort of artist who influences everyone around her. Touching on the substance-abuse problems that led to her untimely death, Brand -- himself a recovering addict -- stuck up for the troubled singer.
"A lot of people just get the disease," he said. "Not a lot of people get the incredible talent Amy Winehouse was blessed with."