Valerie was the second track to be released as a single, from The Zutons' album, Tired of Hanging Around (2006). It reached No. 9 in the UK singles chart.
It's common knowledge that Amy Winehouse preferred to listen to music made pre-mid 1960s. She particularly liked Etta James, Sarah Vaughan and the music of the girl groups of the early sixties.
When Mark Ronson invited Amy to work on a project with him, he claims he struggled to find something more up to date that interested her. She said that she wanted to try Valerie but Ronson couldn't imagine what it might sound like if Amy sang it. She took it into the studio and Mark Ronson loved it.
The song appeared on the Mark Ronson album, "Version,"in 2007. It was released as a single in the October of that year and achieved platinum sales in UK.
Amy Winehouse's death in 2011 at the age of just 27 shocked the world. She was loved by so many and that love for her overflowed at Glastonbury Festival 2015.
Mark Ronson and his band paid tribute to her by playing Valerie with Amy's recorded voice over the top. The crowd loved it and sang along with the band, their respect and love for Amy obvious.
Dave McCabe says that the success of Valerie has mixed blessings. It became so big that sometimes he finds it hard to write other songs: Valerie takes over his mind and on days when Valerie fills his head, he has to put down his guitar and give up writing for the day!