Annie Lennox

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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.

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This song was played at my best friends funeral, what a beautiful song it was perfect for her. Now when I listen to it I smile mostly, but sometimes tears. What a wonderful voice Annie has.

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“WORLD AIDS DAY” © by Kal EliasDo you remember the 80’s? Going out clubbing, dancing, laughing and listening to the music of Madness and Status Quo Meeting people and making friends and hanging out with people you didn’t really know Living and loving, not just life but each other When one night stands weren’t seen as a bother.Do you remember the 80’s? “Let’s go back to my place” Just a quickie encounter, they didn’t always play safe Staying with the trend, or sometimes pressured into drug taking Little did they know what mistakes they’d be making.Do you remember the 80’s? And a shock news review “HIV & AIDS are here and the victim could be you” There is no cure this virus is fatal It can infect anyone, even the ante-natal.Remember the 80’s? When rumours where rife If you’re a man, with a man, it’s the end of your life Panic and fear ran through everyone’s mind Thinking back, had they slept with the kind Of person who said “Don’t worry I’ve only slept with you” Ashamed to admit he’d already slept with two Who unknowingly to him had shared needles with four Who failed to admit that they’d slept with lots moreAnd so this new virus was taking its toll News flashes exploded “It’s out of control” So the Government decided it must advertise That this deadly virus was on the rise TV programmes aired “Listen to what’s being said” Use precautions or you’ll be dead And leaflets were delivered to every household Stating clearly “Now you’ve been told”But that was the 80’s, not this new generation Isn’t it time that we gave them an explanation Of the advice and the facts that we’ve learned through the years To take away the stigma and some of the fears Prevention, treatment, support and care They need to know it’s all out there That this virus isn’t related to just one type Years ago it was all just hype But we’ve studied and gained knowledge the whole world through And you, the people in power know what you should do Get out there in the community, youth clubs and schools Advise that this virus has no rules But it can be controlled to a certain extent But we must make it clear and be hell bent On getting the message out there to everyone Before more of this tragically, uninformed generation are gone.It’s a beautiful world out there that we all should embrace A world with so much to offer no matter what your race Encompass it and hold it and take it as your own For life is too short as some of us have knownA short poem simply called “If Only”“If Only” © If only I’d have looked into his eyes I’d have seen the pain upon his face If only I’d have listened more, I know for sure He could have found some solace If only I’d have dared to hold his hand I’d have felt the trembling of fear If only I’d have had more understanding That I could have held him near If only I’d have been made more aware It was ok to let his lips touch mine I could have given him comfort Before he ran out of timeBut I didn’t have that knowledge! Nobody told me!If only she’d have known there were people That she could go to see To talk it through, who would understand And accept what she’d turned out to be Somebody who wouldn’t condemn The reason she was there But introduce her to others With whom her problems she could share Somebody to council her And help relieve her strife To tell her about the treatments out there That could have prolonged her lifeBut she didn’t have that knowledge! Nobody told her!If only they’d have listened To help them understand That HIV is spreading fast And on a scale so grand If only they had realised It can happen to anyone Your mother, your father, sister, brother Your new born baby son If only they’d have learned the facts And kept the stigma away That prevention, treatment, support and care Can keep this virus at bayBut they didn’t have that knowledge! Nobody told them!Our generation has a human right To know what’s going on With a universal access On all that can be done Don’t just talk amongst yourselves Get out and spread the word Shout it clear from far and wide And let your voices be heard No time to pause, let’s fight this cause And keep the promise true Do everything you possibly can That said, it’s now down to youYou have that knowledge! Tell them!Hope you like it and I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience Kal Elias Mob: 07930104711

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Annie, after your performance on Parkinson you must tour, you were amazing, that is the sound of the 80s for me and i would love to see you tour again....you must, you cant put that sound to bed, it has more to give and i think that version of 'there must be an angel' was amazing.....im gobsmacked.....wow......ive watched it 5 times already, i go cold when you sing it.....wow....Peter & Steve, Cornish Hall End, Braintree....p.s. did i say WOW....

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kaos

Hiya, I am 19 and I LOVE YOU!!! You inspire me to sing (I am not very good mind) But still, my whole family are big fans!! My mum my dad My younger sister who is 16, and Myself! I have just spent the last half an hour trying to find tickets for your tour, only to find you are not doing one. Please please reconsider!!We love you Annie!!

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Gulay ALpay

When I was 17 years old i was start to listen your songs I am 38 years old and i am still loves all your songs.All of your concerts amazing..big vocal big sounds..I love so much all your performance..I hope I can find a ticket for your show one day...I hope you can came to Istanbul for to concer.Please look my website..www.gulayalpay.comI am a painter. I will be in NY for my solo exhibit in December 2005 I wish you came my opening reception...Thats my big dreams...All my best see you soon...Gulay ALpay

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