For our LCM Monday Modern Classic we travel back to 2006 and one of the lead tracks of the excellent and multi-award winning 'Back To Black' by Amy Winehouse. While the melody and lyrics are composed by Amy, the music behind her voice is a sample interpolation of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's 1967 Motown classic hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", penned by the married duo of Ashford & Simpson.
The song's music video was shot in Los Angeles, and was directed by David LaChapelle on 22 May 2007. The clip features footage of Amy making her way through Echo Park and in a dim motel room. The hotel is the Grand Motel at 1479 S La Cienega Blvd, in Los Angeles. She doesn't pay attention to her surroundings (why people walk into her) as she goes through Echo Park, and in the hotel room there are empty bottles and cigarettes hinting at her real life. The video for this song was the second to last filmed prior to Amy's death on 23 July 2011.