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Emerging during the same boom of retro U.K.-based singers that launched Amy Winehouse, Duffy distinguished herself with a melodic, vintage voice that brought to mind such '60s artists as Dusty Springfield and Petula Clark. Born in the small coastal town of Nefyn on the Llyn Peninsula in Gwynedd, Wales, Amy Ann Duffy began singing at an early age. With a record collection limited to her parents' classic LPs, though, she had few influences to draw from. Her father's VHS tapes of the 1960s television rock show Ready Steady Go! thus became one of her biggest sources of inspiration, and Duffy started performing with various bands throughout her teenage years, sporting a charmingly retro sound that caught the ear of Rough Trade Records owner Jeannette Lee in 2004. Lee helped nurture the singer's talent by pairing her up with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler. The duo co-wrote several songs, including the single "Rockferry," which revealed Duffy's knack for soulful music inspired by Stax and Motown. "Rockferry" became the title song of Duffy's debut album, which was released on Polydor in 2008. However, it took a different song -- "Mercy" -- to make her an international star. "Mercy" topped the charts in the U.K., the first song by a Welsh female in a quarter-century to hit number one, and the follow-up single, "Warwick Avenue," peaked at number three. Overseas, "Mercy" also scored platinum status in America. Rockferry became one of the year's most popular records, selling over two million copies in the U.K. alone, winning a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album, and going multi-platinum in multiple other countries. Duffy began working on her second album in 2009, taking some time off to make her acting debut in the 2010 drama Patagonia. Meanwhile, recording sessions for the album took place in England and New York, with Albert Hammond pulling a double shift as producer and co-writer. The result, Endlessly, was released in November 2010. ~ Matt Collar & Andrew Leahey
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    Female Focus
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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Mercy
  3.   Warwick Avenue
  4.   Rockferry
  5.   Syrup & Honey
  6.   Endlessly
  7.   Live and Let Die
  8.   Stepping Stone
  9.   Well, Well, Well
  10.   Delayed Devotion
  11.   I'm Scared
  12.   Rain on Your Parade
  13.   Hanging on Too Long
  14.   Too Hurt to Dance
  15.   My Boy
  16.   Girl
  17.   Breaking My Own Heart
  18.   Enough Love
  19.   Distant Dreamer
  20.   Serious
  21.   Fool for You
  22.   Oh Boy
  23.   Please Stay
  24.   Breath Away
  25.   Lovestruck
  26.   Keeping My Baby
  27.   Stop
  28.   Don't Forsake Me
  29.   Smoke Without Fire
  30.   Hard for the Heart
  31.   Sugar High
  32.   Put It in Perspective
  33.   Tomorrow
  34.   Save It for Your Prayers
  35.   Loving You
  36.   Stay with Me Baby
  37.   Rain on My Parade
  38.   [CD-ROM Track]
  39.   Whole Lotta Love
  40.   Are You Sure?
  41.   Make the World Go Away
  42.   Whole Lot of Love
  43.   Tell Me

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