Mitch Winehouse, former cab driver and father to
one of the UK's biggest music exports is about to prove the critics wrong with the
release of his debut album Rush Of Love which is available now. At the age
of 60, Mitch is turning a life-long ambition into reality, showcasing his in-depth
knowledge and sheer passion for jazz and swing music with this 11-track debut featuring
a host of rarely uncovered classics as well as four brand new tracks.
"We love singing in our family" Mitch explains, "I was always singing at home. But
this is a dream come true and musically, it's a great album." Despite his own undeniable
music talent, Mitch is also realistic about the assumptions that will be made about
his newfound career choice: "If Amy wasn't my daughter I wouldn't be given this
opportunity. I'm not stupid, I know that. But if I couldn't sing I wouldn't have
been given the opportunity either."
Teaming up with old family friend Tony Hiller, writer of 'Save Your Kisses
For Me' and hundreds of other jazz and pop standards, was another logical step for
Mitch who has, quite obviously, had the time of his life researching and compiling
his music debut. "I had such a good time making this album. We tried 40 songs we
loved and worked through them with a pianist. If it didn't work for us, we moved
on, but just reliving them was enough."
Having grown up around the legendary songwriter and producer - Mitch's Dad and Tony
Hiller were old mates in London's East End - Mitch felt it a natural fit to have
Hiller involved in the project and now joins a list of illustrious artists from
Elton John to Matt Monro who have performed Tony's songs.
Not only producer of the album, Hiller has also penned its 4 brand new tracks 'Tell
Me', 'No More Broken Hearts', 'Nights' and debut single 'Rush Of Love To The Heart'.
Alongside the new Hiller compositions are 'Please Be Kind' - a 1938 song first performed
by Mildred Bailey and also later recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah
Vaughan and Frank Sinatra.
'How Insensitive' is an Antonio Carlos Jobim composition that anyone from
Judy Garland to Iggy Pop have put their name next to, and 'You Go
To My Head' is a real jazz enthusiast's favorite. Mitch also pays homage to Frank
Sinatra with 'Close Your Eyes', "...a beautiful jazz song, but a less known
Sinatra song," Mitch enthuses, "Stacey Kent does it, but I've never heard anyone
else and it's just wonderful."
The album also features the 1931 Bing Crosby classic 'I Apologize', and 'Day
by Day', also later recorded by Crosby in 1946 as well as by Doris Day in
the same year. 'You Go To My Head' has been re-worked by such fans ranging from
Billie Holiday to Rod Stewart. Finally, the popular 'April In Paris,'
taken from the 1932 Broadway musical 'Walk A Little Faster' and later performed
by the likes of Louis Armstrong, is given the Mitch makeover.
Rush Of Love is a classic debut full of surprises... just like Mitch.
Mitch Winehouse - April In Paris
Mitch Winehouse · Rush of Love
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