Annie Lennox (born 25.12.1954)
Annie Lennox is a Scottish musician and singer. She rose to fame whilst she was a member of Eurythmics, with Dave Stewart in the 1980s.
Annie Lennox: Childhood
Annie Lennox was born on Christmas Day in Aberdeen. Her mother was originally a cook, then a housewife, whilst her father was a worker at the shipyard.
When Annie was seven, her parents, despite having a meager income, paid for her to have piano lessons. As a teenager, she attended Aberdeen High School for Girls and in 1964, she came second in a talent contest at Butlins, singing 'Marie's Wedding.'
Annie Lennox studied at the Royal Academy of Music for three years, after winning a scholarship there. In 2006, Lennox was made an honourary Fellow of the Academy.
Annie Lennox: Music Career
From 1977-1980, Annie Lennox was the lead singer of the band The Tourists. The band enjoyed moderate success. During her time in the band, Lennox had a brief relationship with fellow band mate Dave Stewart.
Following the demise of The Tourists, Stewart and Lennox formed Eurythmics, a synth-pop duo. Lennox was the singer of the band and was noted for her androgynous style.
Eurythmics had a number of global hits, including 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)', 'Who's That Girl?' and 'There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)'.
Eurythmics never officially split up, but Annie did appear to make a fairly obvious break from the band when she began to pursue her solo career in 1990.
In 1992, she released 'Little Bird', one of her most successful solo singles. In the video for the single, she used a number of Annie Lennox look-alikes that were dressed as her many different public personas that she had used throughout her career. That same year, she performed alongside David Bowie and the remaining members of Queen, at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert and Wembley Stadium, signing the Queen song 'Under Pressure'.
Her debut solo album, Diva was released in 1992 and featured the singles 'Little Bird', 'Walking On Broken Glass' and 'Love Song For A Vampire', which was featured on the soundtrack to Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula. One of her B-sides, 'Step By Step' was later covered by Whitney Houston.
In 1995, Lennox released Medusa. The album was a collection of cover versions, including 'No More I Love You's' and Paul Simon's 'Something So Right'.
In 1997, Annie re-recorded an old Eurythmics track, 'Angel', for a tribute album to Diana, Princess of Wales.
In 1998, prompted by the death of Peet Coombes (singer and songwriter for The Tourists), Lennox made contact with Dave Stewart again. The Eurythmics were re-born and made the album Peace in 1999.
Lennox's third solo album, Bare, was released in 2003 and the next year, she won an Academy Award for Best Song. The award was given for her song 'Into The West', which was used in the soundtrack to Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return Of The King. The song was co-written with Fran Walsh and Howard Shore.
In July 2005, Annie Lennox was chosen to perform at the London leg of the Live 8 concerts, alongside artists such as Sting and Madonna. Later that year, an Eurythmics greatest hits album entitled Ultimate Collection was released. They recorded two new pieces for the release and released 'I've Got a Life' as a single.
In 2007, Lennox released her fourth solo album, entitled Songs of Mass Destruction. The debut single from the album was 'Dark Road'. The track 'Sing' features 23 other successful female artists, including Dido, Fergie, Beth Gibbons of Portishead, Beverley Knight, Beth Orton, Sugababes and KT Tunstall.
Annie Lennox: Personal Life
Annie Lennox was married to Radha Raman for a year from 1984 to 1985.
Lennox's second marriage was to Uri Fruchtmann, an Israeli film producer. The pair were married from 1988 - 2000 and had two daughters together, named Loli and Tali.