Amy Winehouse remembered, one year after her death

Singer Amy Winehouse performs onstage at Lollapalooza in Grant Park on August 5, 2007, in Chicago. Roger Kisby/Getty Images

Singer Amy Winehouse performs onstage at Lollapalooza in Grant Park on August 5, 2007, in Chicago.
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(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - Monday marks one year since singer Amy Winehouse died, and the singer's father is reflecting on her life, music and legacy.

Mitch Winehouse said it's tough dealing with the loss of his daughter, but he's happy she is having a helpful impact on the world through the foundation named after her.

"Even after a small space in time - we're talking a year since Amy passed away - we are beginning, well, Amy is beginning, to have a positive effect on a lot of disadvantaged young people's lives," he said in an interview Friday.

Pictures: Amy Winehouse, 1983-2011

Amy Winehouse died on July 23, 2011, at her London home from accidental alcohol poisoning at age 27. The Amy Winehouse Foundation was launched last year in the United Kingdom and in April in the United States.

Mitch Winehouse says he expects the one-year anniversary of his daughter's death to be difficult, but he will spend the day with family and friends. First they'll go to her house for Jewish prayer and to be with the singer's fans. Then close friends will head to a party at Jazz After Dark, which was "Amy's favorite jazz bar."

"There are going to be lots of tears and lots of laughter and that is exactly how Amy would have wanted it," he said.

Amy Winehouse was one of music's critically revered singers, praised for her touching lyrical content, soulful tone and authenticity. Her debut, "Frank," was a U.K. success, but her breakthrough came with 2007's "Back to Black," a multiplatinum effort that won her five Grammy Awards. Mitch Winehouse says during that peak, "she was Adele and Lady Gaga rolled into one."

In the United Kingdom, the Winehouse family has raised more than $1 million and has assisted various charities. In America, the group is working with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra to develop "after school music club houses" and feed hungry children throughout Louisiana.

The foundation has raised profits from donations and the release of the Amy's posthumous album "Lioness: Hidden Treasures" and a book by Mitch Winehouse titled "Amy, My Daughter," released this summer, which chronicled the singer's rise to fame and struggles with drugs and alcohol.

"I don't feel any accomplishment or any joy," Mitch Winehouse said of the book. "The reality is I shouldn't have had to written the book in the first place."

"I wrote it fairly quickly after Amy passed away. I found writing it quite cathartic and I thought it would help me in my recovery, and to a certain extent it has," he continued. "But reading the book back for edits was very difficult indeed; more difficult than writing the book."

Mitch Winehouse also said there's more Amy Winehouse music on the horizon: "We're working with (music producers) Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson to see what they've got. But we have to be mindful; we don't want to put anything out that could be damaging. It wouldn't be right for Amy's fans."

A film on his daughter's life is also a possibility, he says.

"Whatever we do we have to make sure it's done in good taste," he said. "We don't want a sensationalized movie going out, you know, but equally there's no point in sort of massaging the fact that Amy was a alcoholic and drug addict; no point in pretending that didn't happen."

In May, the Winehouse family put the London home where the singer lived and died up for sale. A spokesman said the family put the house on the market "with great regret." The three-bedroom home had become a shrine of sorts for mourning fans, who left flowers and tributes following her death last year.

"Amy loved that house but none of the family felt it appropriate that they should live in it. It was not practical to keep it empty while paying for its upkeep," the spokesman said. "It is a wonderful place and will be a happy family home for someone."

The first annual Amy Winehouse Inspiration Awards and Gala will take place Oct. 11 in New York and will honor Remi and Tony Bennett, with whom Amy Winehouse won a Grammy this year.

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