July 23, 2009 / 8:39 PM / 10 years ago

I have Amy Winehouse on my iPod, says UK's Brown

Amy Winehouse performs during the "Rock in Rio" music festival in Arganda del Rey, near Madrid, July 4, 2008. REUTERS/Juan Medina

CARDIFF (Reuters) - Songs by Amy Winehouse, the British soul singer known for her rebel image, are in there with the Beatles, Bach and Beethoven on Gordon Brown’s iPod, the dour British Prime Minister disclosed on Thursday.

Brown, asked by young people in the Welsh capital what music he had on his iPod, replied, “My kids really like Amy Winehouse. They asked me to put her on the iPod.”

Brown’s son John is 5 and Fraser 3 years old.

Brown made his comments as Winehouse went on trial in London accused of assaulting a woman after a charity ball. She denies the charge.

The singer with the bee-hive hair won five Grammy awards in 2008 and her album “Back to Black” won widespread critical acclaim. But her private life, including a battle against drug addiction, has overshadowed her recording success.

Brown said he also had “some of the most up-to-date stuff” including some by the U2 rock band on his iPod.

Asked which was his favorite track, he joked, “I won’t say because I try to persuade (U2 frontman) Bono to do all sorts of things for international development and I’ve got to tell him all his songs are good.”

Brown has come a cropper before over his taste in pop music. He was quoted in 2006 as saying that the music of the Arctic Monkeys “really wakes you up in the mornings,” but later could not name a single song by the band.

Reporting by Adrian Croft; Editing by Richard Balmforth

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