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Each day, Rich Terfry and Radio 2 Drive wraps up your day with music and stories about the interesting things going on in the world.

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Every week, Rich Terfry looks back in our Rear-view Mirror at a great song from the good ol’ days. This week, the story behind Amy Winehouse's "Rehab."


Amy Winehouse Rehab - Listen to the full audio version of Rear-view Mirror by pressing the play button.

In July of 2011, Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning. Many around her thought she had a problem several years before and encouraged her to get help. Her refusal spawned her signature song.

When Winehouse's management team tried to persuade her to enter an alcohol rehabilitation program, she went to her father for a second opinion. She explained that her main problem was that she was lovesick, and that there was no rehab program for that. Her father agreed and she fired the management team. Shortly after this episode, she explained it to her friend and producer Mark Ronson, as they were out for a walk in New York City.

Winehouse said to Ronson, "They tried to make me go to rehab but I said, 'no, no, no.'" Ronson was concerned as a friend, but as a producer, he heard music. He turned to Winehouse and said they needed to get back to the studio right away.

In the lyrics of the song, Winehouse says she'd "rather be at home with Ray" and that "there's nothing you can teach me that I can't learn from Mr. Hathaway," referring to singers Ray Charles and Donny Hathaway, suggesting that all she needed to feel better was the music that she loved.

The song was an instant hit, was critically acclaimed and hugely successful. The song also earned Winehouse three Grammy Awards in 2008.

Three years later, she was gone.

A more tragic signature song there never was. "Rehab," by the late Amy Winehouse.

John Cougar Mellencamp, 'Pink Houses'

New York Dolls "Personality Crisis"

Modern Lovers "Roadrunner"

George Jones "He Stopped Loving Her Today"

Bruce Springsteen "Born in the USA"

The Beatles "With A Little Help From My Friends"

Rolling Stones 'Miss You'

The Coasters 'Run Red Run'

Elvis Costello, 'Alison'

James Brown, 'Hot (I Need to be loved loved loved)'

Inner Circle, 'Tenement Yard'

Ray Charles, 'I Don't Need No Doctor'

Curtis Mayfield, 'Freddy's Dead'

Gang Starr, 'Beyond Comprehension'

Bo Diddley, 'Bo Diddley'

Aretha Franklin, 'Rocksteady'

CCR, 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain'

Howlin' Wolf, 'Smokestack Lightning'

Bobby Womack, 'Across 110th Street'

Roy Orbison, 'In Dreams'

Foggy Hogtown Boys, 'Man of Constant Sorrow'

Pink Floyd, 'Wish You Were Here'

Neil Young, 'Cortez The Killer'

Bob Dylan, 'Subterranean Homesick Blues'

Little Eva, 'Loco-Motion'

Elvis Costello, 'Watching the Detectives'

Jimmy Cliff, 'The Harder They Come'

The Verve, 'Bittersweet Symphony'

Roberta Flack, 'Killing Me Softly with his Song'

R.E.M., 'Radio Free Europe'

Radiohead, 'No Surprises'

Led Zeppelin, 'Ramble On'

Glen Campbell, 'Wichita Lineman'

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