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Amy Winehouse's Dad Makes Jazz Album

Mitch Winehouse performed at a media-centric album release party in London. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images hide caption

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Mitch Winehouse performed at a media-centric album release party in London.

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According to BBC News, Rush Of Love is an album of "11 Rat Pack-style swing songs," due out in June. Mitch Winehouse, 59, says it was his daughter's idea:

"Am I cashing in on it [being Amy's dad]? I suppose in a way, if the album sells, I will be," he added.

"But that's not why I'm doing it. I'm doing it because Amy and I spoke about doing an album years ago.

"But you cannot deny the fact that I would not be bringing out an album if I wasn't Amy's dad. It's true."

Hey, at least he's up front about it. [BBC News: Amy Winehouse's dad Mitch unveils album]


P.S. People of a certain age continue to be inspired by the era when jazz-styled singing was legitimately cool — see also, Francis Davis on "The Singing Epidemic" — but what will happen when this inevitably goes away? Will post-Boomer generations value Sinatra style as more than retro-chic? Will we continue to see the Great American Songbook as such? Food for thought.

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