Annie Lennox is a singer/songwriter known for her work with the Eurythmics and as a solo act. Her hits include “Sweet Dreams,” “Who’s That Girl?” and “Why.”
Annie Lennox was born on December 25, 1954. The Aberdeen, Scotland native worked with Dave Stewart to form the pop/rock act the Eurythmics, whose hits included “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” “Here Comes the Rain Again” and “Who’s That Girl?” Lennox went solo in 1992 with her debut album Diva; later albums included Medusa, Bare and Songs of Mass Destruction. She also won an Oscar for Best Original Song fort the film Into the West in 2004.
Early Life and the Eurythmics
Singer, songwriter and composer Annie Lennox was born on December 25, 1954, in Scotland. With an obvious early talent for music, Lennox's parents sent her to the Royal Academy of Music in London to study the flute. While living in London, Lennox met guitarist Dave Stewart and joined a band called The Tourists. The two soon left to form the Eurythmics, which marked the beginning of a ten-year partnership. The duo produced a number of hit singles during the 1980s, including Sweet Dreams, Here Comes the Rain Again and the soul-infused rocker Would I Lie To You.
The Eurythmics quietly disbanded in 1991 when Lennox took time off to have a child, and eventually work on a solo career. In 1992, her first solo album, Diva, was released. Her soulful vocals and mature stylings showed a sophisticated departure from the electronic sounds of the 1980s. Popular singles such as Walking On Broken Glass and the haunting Why established Lennox as a serious solo artist. The album sold over 2 million copies in the U.S., and was nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.
In 1995, she released her second album, Medusa, a collection of cover tunes including No More 'I Love You's', Can't Get Next To You and Don't Let It Bring You Down. All the while, Lennox continued to push the envelope with her live performances, including male backup singers in ballet wear and bear suits.