FOLLOWING THE JEWISH tradition of a quick funeral, Amy Winehouse was laid to rest yesterday in London.
The singer's father, mother and brother and close friends, along with band members and celebrities - producer Mark Ronson; "Fashion Police" personality Kelly Osbourne, her hair piled beehive-high in tribute to Amy's trademark style - were among several hundred mourners at Edgwarebury Cemetery in north London.
The service was led by a rabbi and included prayers in English and Hebrew and reminiscences from Winehouse's father, Mitch Winehouse. The cab driver and jazz singer, who helped foster his daughter's love of music, ended his eulogy with the words "Goodnight, my angel, sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much."
It ended with a rendition of Carole King's "So Far Away," one of Amy's favorite songs.
Close family and friends - including Amy's recent boyfriend, Reg Traviss - moved on to Golders Green Crematorium, where Amy was to follow a non-Jewish tradition and be cremated.
The family will take two days sitting shiva, a Jewish traditional period of mourning.
MTV's tribute to Amy
TV critic Ellen Gray reports that MTV will change its scheduled programming at 6:30 tonight and mark the passing of Amy Winehouse by rerunning her performances from an appearance on the network four years ago.
Recorded for the show "45th at Night," "this intimate performance features an introspective Winehouse standing on the verge of superstardom in a rare U.S. television appearance," according to MTV.
Among the songs: "Back to Black," "Me & Mr. Jones," "You Know I'm No Good" and, of course, "Rehab."
For more from the TV critics' annual summer press event, see Ellen's blog at ellengray.tv.
Ranking the '27 Club'
A number of Daily News writers and editors tried to put Amy's death in perspective regarding other members of the ill-fated "27 Club."
Tattle argued over the placement of legendary Blues pioneer Robert Johnson (1911-1938), the so-called father of the club, but when we were overruled, we decided on a rock-era-only list.
1 Jimi Hendrix (Nov. 27, 1942-Sept. 18, 1970). Still considered the greatest electric guitarist, he influenced rock, pop, blues, jazz, hip-hop and fashion.
2 Kurt Cobain (Feb. 20, 1967-April 5, 1994 est.). Founder and leader of the grunge-rock movement with Nirvana and a music icon for "Generation X."
3 Janis Joplin (Jan. 19, 1943- Oct. 4, 1970). Raspy-voiced belter of rock and blues who was perhaps the Amy Winehouse of her day, but with a slightly longer, two-part (group, solo) career.
4 Jim Morrison (Dec. 8, 1943-July 3, 1971). Charismatic lead singer of The Doors who 40 years later is still thought of as the quintessential hedonistic rock star. And The Doors had a lot of hits.
5 Amy Winehouse (Sept. 14, 1983–July 23, 2011). "Back to Black" is awesome, but her influence (Adele and others) won't be known for some time. Because the music scene is more fragmented now and her career was so short, it's difficult to see her having the lasting impact of the performers ahead of her. But time will tell.
Honorable mention in the Tattle rankings go to Rolling Stones founder/
guitarist Brian Jones (Feb. 28, 1942-July 3, 1969), whose recording history is No. 1 on the list; 1950s R&B performer Jesse Belvin (Dec. 15, 1932-Feb. 6, 1960) and Badfinger frontman Pete Ham (April 27, 1947-April 24, 1975).
First-term congressman Billy Long, R-Mo., is apologizing to people offended by his online post Monday about Amy's death.
Long tweeted: "No one could reach Amy Winehouse before it was too late. Can anyone reach Washington before it's too late? Both addicted - same fate???"
Long was referring to Washington's addiction to spending, not drugs and booze, although the economy might be a lot healthier if Washington was addicted to drugs and booze.