When an artist dies, everybody wants to somehow get involved, and it’s always hard to judge what’s appropriate and what’s exploitation. Undoubtedly, some artists felt a connection to Amy and want to pay tribute to her. Others simply see this as a way to get in on a hot topic. Ronnie Spector, of iconic 60’s group The Ronettes, clearly falls into the first category. In many ways, including hairstyle, Ronnie had an obvious influence on Amy, but the respect was mutual. Ronnie has been covering Winehouse’s “Back To Black” for years, and she explained to Rolling Stone what it was like to perform the song when Amy was in the crowd:

Amy came to my show in London about six months ago, and she was so shy. She was hiding behind somebody, but I could see the hairstyle, and I knew she was there. That was all I needed. When I sang “Back to Black,” I could see the tears in her eyes, and there were tears in mine.

The single will be released at all digital retailers Tuesday, August 2nd through Spector’s own Bad Girl Sounds. “Two weeks ago, when I saw her on stage, I saw a lost girl. I could relate to that with my own battle with alcoholism.” With that in mind, proceeds from the release will be donated to one of Spector’s favorite charities, Daytop Village. The Manhattan-based company’s mission is to provide compassionate, family oriented substance abuse treatment for adults and teens.

Ronnie Spector – “Back To Black” (Amy Winehouse Cover)