Amy’s albums fly off the shelves

IPSWICH: Music lovers are paying a fitting tribute to tragic singer Amy Winehouse as her albums fly off the shelves at the town’s record stores.

The 27-year-old made an unforgettable impression on the British music scene despite releasing just two albums – her debut Frank in 2003, followed by Back to Black, which made her a household name, in 2006.

Music store HMV in Tavern Street, Ipswich, has seen an 800 per cent rise in sales of those two albums since the singer was found dead at her north London home on Saturday afternoon, while Back to Black has rocketed back up the national download chart.

Spokeswoman Vicky Brame said: “There has been a lift in sales in the last two days, and a real buzz about her albums.”

The artist’s father had tried to convince her to attend rehab at a Suffolk drug charity, it has emerged, as he begged her to seek treatment in the lead-up to her death.

Bury St Edmunds-based Focus 12 charity had been in close and regular contact with the tragic singer’s father Mitch Winehouse.

Chip Somers, founder of Focus 12, said: “Her father came here for the day to find out what we were like and he really liked what he saw.”