Mark Ronson first said no to working on Winehouse's album

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Mark Ronson has spoken about his grief on losing his friend and musical muse Amy Winehouse.

He also admitted that he initially refused to work on her release,

, which topped the UK album charts upon it's release earlier this month.

Speaking to

BBC Breakfast,

he said it was only after listening to the late singer's version of

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

that he changed his mind.

"I didn't know if they necessarily needed what I had to give and it was a bit soon for me to spend that time listening to her voice on a loop, like you do when you're in a studio working on a record," he said.

"Then I heard this vocal she'd recorded for

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

and I thought, 'This is really special and I want to be a part of this and make one more piece of something magical with Amy'."

In another interview with

The Observer

, he explained how Winehouse rejuvenated his once stalling music career.

Ronson nabbed his first Grammy award for producing her now-classic album

Back to Black


"I'd been producing records for 12 years before I met Amy and I'd been trying so hard to have hits, but without any luck. The moment I thought to myself: 'I'm never going to make it. I may as well just make music that I like' is the moment I met Amy - we just created what we wanted rather than being concerned with what was on the radio at the time," he said.

"Something like Amy's record comes along once in a lifetime, if that. Ultimately, Amy was one of those rare artists who made a very important record and they loved her. I was just lucky enough to have gone along for the ride."

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