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When Amy Winehouse’s dad Mitch reached the grand old age of 60, he was asked to do an album. The taxi driver turned jazz singer was due to perform in Edinburgh and then embark on a UK tour, but disaster struck.
Mitch got ill and had to cancel the tour. He also ended up in hospital. He told The Hour:
“I was in Spain and I had a gall bladder attack. I had to come home as I’d never experienced pain like it in my life. I didn’t know what it was but over the phone my doctor diagnosed gall bladder and I had an infection as well so I was rushed to the hospital.
“I was there for two weeks treating the infection, and then I had a couple of weeks off as my son got engaged, and then I had to have the gall bladder removed. It’s usually done with keyhole surgery but they couldn’t do that with me because of a slight complication so I had to have it the old fashioned way, so I’ve got a zipper on me at the moment.”
Mitch is in good health now and has lost four stone over the last few months. Amy is in good health as well and is happy with her boyfriend, Reg Traviss. He said:
“Reg has been down in Scarborough making a film and he’s now had to go to LA. It’s difficult because they don’t see each other much but they make it work.”
Mitch and Amy did the album, Rush of Love, together, and Mitch is very proud of it. There are seven older songs on it and four brand new ones.
“When Amy and I decided to do the album about two years ago we sat down with some of the most beautiful songs ever written,” he said. “The idea was not to do an album of well known covers but to do some lovely songs that people haven’t heard so much.
“Rush of Love To The Heart is a great song and I think it transpires well to drum and bass. We do it with a full band as well.”
Rush of Love was released on June 7 and is available to download and buy from all good retailers.