Annie Lennox - Simon Fuller: 'Annie Lennox Helped Me Create The Spice Girls'
Annie Lennox injected a healthy dose of girl power into the Spice Girls as one of the behind-the-scenes mentors, according to the group's manager Simon Fuller.
The music mogul has revealed for the first time that he turned to his friend Lennox when he first took on the girl group.
In a new Bbc documentary, titled The Fuller Picture: The Simon Fuller Story, he says, "Each of the girls knew who they were and in their own way tried to represent it, but it wasn't strong enough. Probably the most significant thing that happened was when they met Annie Lennox.
"I'm not sure this story has ever been told - and Annie might not thank me for telling it - but I think we were flying to New York and I sort of brought up midway in the flight and said, 'I've just signed this girl group.' And Annie was very interested.
"She said, 'I want to meet them.' Almost directly, she was the one who got them to be louder and more brash and more specific, so Emma (Bunton), who was the sweet, cute, blonde girl, became Baby Spice. She just played it and hammed (exaggerated) it up. None of these names actually existed, but Annie gave them focus."