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Annie Lennox

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Annie Lennox

Scottish singer-songwriter, political activist and philanthropist add

Category: Music

Born in 1954.

Countries: United Kingdom (43%), United States (22%), (7%)

Main connections: Eurythmics, David A. Stewart, American Idol

Linked to: Eurythmics, Greenpeace, Decca Records, Island Records




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Annie Lennox was born in 1954 add something


After achieving minor success in the late 1970s as part of the New Wave band The Tourists, she and fellow musician David A. Stewart went on to achieve major international success in the 1980s as Eurythmics add something


In the 1970s, Lennox won a place at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied the flute and classical music for three years add something


In 1976, Lennox was flautist with a band called Dragon's Playground, leaving before they appeared on TV's New Faces add something


Between 1977 and 1980, she was the lead singer of The Tourists , a moderately successful British pop band and her first collaboration with Dave Stewart add something


Eurythmics released a long line of singles in the 1980s, including "Sweet Dreams ", "Love Is A Stranger", "Here Comes the Rain Again", "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves", "Who's That Girl-", "Would I Lie to You-", "There Must Be an Angel ", "Missionary Man", "You Have Placed a Chill in My Heart", "Thorn in My Side", "The Miracle of Love" and "Don't Ask Me Why" add something


Lennox and Stewart's second collaboration, the 1980s synthpop duo Eurythmics, resulted in her most notable fame, as the duo's alto, soul-tinged lead singer add something


With Eurythmics' music videos earning regular rotation on MTV in the 1980s, Lennox took part in the shaping of popular culture alongside other gay icons such as Boy George, Madonna, Morrissey, and Michael Stipe add something


Her first marriage, from 1984 to 1985, was to German Hare Krishna devotee Radha Raman add something


Aretha Franklin - In 1984, Franklin added modern day pop rock and dance elements to her sound, which was integral to the success of her 1985 album, "Who's Zoomin' Who-", which spawned the hits "Freeway of Love", "Who's Zoomin' Who" and the Eurythmics members Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart featured "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"


Hugh Laurie - Laurie appeared in the music videos for the 1986 single "Experiment IV" by Kate Bush, and the 1992 single "Walking on Broken Glass" by Annie Lennox


The 1987 Eurythmics album "Savage" and her 1992 solo album "Diva" were both accompanied by video albums, both directed by Sophie Muller add something


From 1988 to 2000, she was married to Israeli film and record producer Uri Fruchtmann add something


The 1988 single with Al Green, "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" , was recorded for the soundtrack of the movie "Scrooged" add something


Al Green - After spending several years exclusively performing gospel, Green began to return to R&B. First, he released a duet with Annie Lennox, "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" for "Scrooged", a 1988 Bill Murray film


Lennox and Stewart reconvened Eurythmics in the late 1990s with the album "Peace", their first album of new material in ten years add something


Though Eurythmics never officially disbanded, Lennox made a fairly clear break from Stewart in 1990 add something


Simon Fuller - He has managed the career of Annie Lennox since the release of her multi platinum, award winning album "Diva" in 1991


Edward II of England - In 1991 English filmmaker Derek Jarman adapted the Christopher Marlowe play into a film featuring Tilda Swinton, Steven Waddington, Andrew Tiernan, Nigel Terry, and Annie Lennox


A limited 3-disc edition of the album included a DVD compilation featuring most of Lennox's solo videos since 1992, and featured a second CD of rarer songs including a version of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" with Alicia Keys and Lennox's Oscar winning "Into the West" from the third "Lord of the Rings" film add something


Lennox began working with former Trevor Horn protégé Stephen Lipson, beginning with her 1992 solo début album, "Diva" add something


Lennox embarked on a solo career in 1992 with her debut album, "Diva", which produced several hit singles including "Why" and "Walking on Broken Glass" add something


The clip features Lennox performing on stage with several lookalikes that represent her personas from "Why", "Walking on Broken Glass", "Sweet Dreams", "Beethoven", "I Need a Man", "Thorn in My Side", "There Must Be an Angel", and even her stage image from the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert add something


Under Pressure - Bowie chose not to perform the song before an audience until the 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, when he and Annie Lennox sang it as a duet


The album won Best British Album at the 1993 Brit awards add something


Her second album, "Medusa", was released in March 1995 add something


Joni Mitchell - In addition, Annie Lennox has covered "Ladies Of The Canyon" for the B-side of her 1995 hit "No More I Love You's"


Friderika Bayer - In August 1995 she won second place at the 32nd Sopot Festival in Poland, and performed on the same stage with Annie Lennox and Chuck Berry in the Grand Finale


In 1997, Lennox re-recorded the Eurythmics track "Angel" for the Diana, Princess of Wales tribute album, and recorded the song "Mama" for "The Avengers" soundtrack album add something


In 1998, following the death of a mutual friend , she re-united with Dave Stewart add something


Imogen Heap - The album was released in 1998 internationally via Almo Sounds, to favorable reviews comparing Heap's angst-filled songs to work by PJ Harvey, Kate Bush and Annie Lennox


Four of the awards were given during her time with Eurythmics, and another was given to the duo for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 1999 add something


Lennox has been a public supporter of Amnesty International and Greenpeace for many years, and she and Dave Stewart donated all of the profits from Eurythmics' 1999 Peacetour to both charities add something


She objected to the unauthorised use of the 1999 Eurythmics song "I Saved the World Today" in an election broadcast for Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in 2009 add something


Another single, released at the beginning of 2000, "17 Again", made the UK top 40, and topped the US dance chart add something


The other is a cover of a song by the English band Keane, originally the B-side of their first single in 2000 add something


Nicki Chapman - Having met and worked with Simon Fuller in the nineties she joined his management company 19 Entertainment in January 2001 as Creative Director, working with acts including Annie Lennox, Will_Young, S Club 7, and Spice Girls


In 2002, Lennox received a Billboard Century award; the highest accolade from "Billboard" Magazine add something


In 2003, Lennox released her third solo album, "Bare" add something


Sting (musician) - He embarked on a "Sacred Love" tour in 2004 with performances by Annie Lennox


Stella McCartney - In 2004, designed clothes for Madonna's Re-Invention Tour, Annie Lennox's summer tour, and Gwyneth Paltrow's and Jude Law's costumes for the film "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"


In July 2005, Lennox performed at Live 8 in Hyde Park, London, along with Madonna, Sting, and other popular musicians add something


Lennox collaborated with Herbie Hancock doing the song "Hush, Hush, Hush" on his collaboration album, Possibilities in August 2005 add something


In 2005, Lennox and Stewart collaborated on two new songs for their Eurythmics compilation album, "Ultimate Collection", of which "I've Got a Life" was released as a single in October 2005 add something


On 14 November 2005, Sony BMG repackaged and released Eurythmics' back catalogue as 2005 Deluxe Edition Reissues add something


Yvette Fielding - In 2005, Fielding appeared as Annie Lennox in a celebrity special of ITV's "Stars in Their Eyes", and appeared as a guest panellist on Channel 5 show "The Wright Stuff"


DJ Sammy - In 2005, his next album was "The Rise", with charting singles such as "Rise Again" which was featured on the 2004 movie soundtrack, "It's All Gone Pete Tong", and a cover of Annie Lennox's "Why"


In 2006, in response to her humanitarian work, Lennox became patron of the Master's Course in "Humanitarian and Development Practice" for Oxford Brookes University add something


In 2006, the academy made her an honorary Fellow add something


In October 2006, Lennox spoke at the British House of Commons about the need for children in the UK to help their counterparts in Africa add something


Lennox's recording contract with Sony BMG concluded with the release of "Songs of Mass Destruction" and the subsequent retrospective album "The Collection", and much was made in the press in late 2007/early 2008 about the apparent animosity between Lennox and the record company add something


On 25 April 2007, Lennox performed "Bridge over Troubled Water" during the "American Idol" "Idol Gives Back" fundraising drive add something


The album's first single was "Dark Road", released on 24 September 2007 add something


It was released on 1 October 2007, and was the last studio album of Lennox's contract with BMG add something


To promote "Songs of Mass Destruction", Lennox embarked on a primarily North American tour called Annie Lennox Sings, which lasted throughout October and November 2007 add something


Lennox's 2007 song "Sing" was born out of her involvement with Nelson Mandela's 46664 campaign and Treatment Action Campaign , both of which are human rights groups which seek education and health care for those affected by HIV. In December 2007, Lennox established The SING Campaign, an organisation dedicated to raising funds and awareness for women and children affected by HIV and AIDS. add something


On 11 December 2007, she performed in the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway together with a variety of artists, which was broadcast to over 100 countries add something


James Brown - Before his death, Brown was scheduled to perform a duet with singer Annie Lennox on the song "Vengeance" for her new album "Venus", which was released in 2007


Eurythmics - In 2007, Lennox resumed her solo career with her fourth album, "Songs of Mass Destruction", which was a top 10 success in the UK and the US. In 2009, she released her first solo "greatest hits" package, "The Annie Lennox Collection"


Initially intended for release in September 2008, the release date was pushed back several months to allow Lennox to recuperate from a back injury add something


Lennox met Besser, who has two teenage sons, in 2009 after becoming involved in his charity mothers2mothers which helps children and single mothers with AIDS add something


Lennox opened the 2009 Edinburgh Festival of Politics with commentary on Pope Benedict XVI's approach to HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa add something


The compilation was eventually released in the US on 17 February 2009, and in the UK and Europe on 9 March 2009 add something


Lennox wore similar t-shirts at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert at Madison Square Garden on 30 October 2009, during her appearance on "The Graham Norton Show" on 30 November 2009 , during a recorded performance for "American Idol" during a 21 April 2010 fundraiser, entitled Idol Gives Back, and during a performance on the live Comic Relief show on 18 March 2011 add something


Lennox was estimated to have a fortune of £30 million in the "Sunday Times Rich List" of 2010 add something


Lennox had previously showcased the song on the "American Idol Gives Back" TV show in April 2010 add something


In August 2010, Lennox signed a new contract with Island Records in the UK and Decca Records in the US add something


The album is a collection of Lennox's interpretations of traditional festive songs such as "Silent Night" and "The First Noel", along with one new composition, "Universal Child", which was released as a download-only single on 13 October 2010 add something


Her first release was a Christmas album entitled "A Christmas Cornucopia", issued on 15 November 2010 add something


In December 2010, it was confirmed that Lennox was in the New Years Honours List and would become an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her humanitarian work add something


Lennox performed the track on the UK chat show "Loose Women" in December 2010, and was interviewed add something


Dakota Blue Richards - Since 2010 she supports Action for Children, the first charity in UK to help vulnerable youth break through injustice and deprivation, supported by many celebrities like Annie Lennox and Yoko Ono


She received the award from Queen Elizabeth II on 28 June 2011 add something


Lauren Hutton - Hutton appeared alongside people such as actress Shuya Chang and Annie Lennox's daughter Tali Lennox in the spring 2011 ad campaign for the Club Monaco retail brand


In 2012, Lennox was listed at number 22 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music add something


On 4 June 2012, Lennox performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace, London add something


On 4 June 2012, Lennox performed for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert, live in front of Buckingham Palace, London add something


On 12 August 2012, Lennox performed "Little Bird" at the 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony add something


In September 2012, Lennox featured in Series 9 of the BBC's "Who Do You Think You Are-", in which she discovered that her great-great-grandmother Jessie Fraser worked, at the age of 13, at the Broadford Flax Mill in Aberdeen add something


On 15 September 2012, Lennox married South African gynaecologist Dr Mitch Besser, in London, in a private ceremony add something


On 15 August 2014 Lennox announced the release of her forthcoming album "Nostalgia", due for release in October add something


The lead single "I Put a Spell On You" received its first radio play on 15 September 2014 by Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2 add something


In October 2014 Lennox released her sixth solo album "Nostalgia" add something


Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Nina Simone, Alan Price, The Animals, the Them with Van Morrison, Arthur Brown, Bryan Ferry, Buddy Guy with Carlos Santana, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Nick Cave in a concert only version, Marilyn Manson, Mica Paris with David Gilmore, Jeff Beck and Joss Stone, and Annie Lennox in 2014 for her Grammy nominated album "Nostalgia"


Marks & Spencer - To be launched on 31 March 2014, the new iteration of the 'Leading Ladies' marketing campaign features figures such as Emma Thompson, Annie Lennox, Rita_Ora and Baroness Lawrence


Eric Whitacre - Whitacre has worked with pop artists including Annie Lennox, Laura_Mvula, Imogen Heap, Nicki Wells, and Marius Beck and performed at iTunes Festival in London on September 17, 2014


Nostalgia (Annie Lennox album) - "'Nostalgia"' is the sixth studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox, released on 30 September 2014 by Island Records


Nostalgia (Annie Lennox album) - "'Nostalgia"' is the sixth studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox, released on 23 October 2014 by Island Records


On 28 January 2015, Lennox performed a live concert at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles entitled "An Evening of Nostalgia with Annie Lennox" add something


The show aired on PBS in the US in April 2015, and was released on DVD and Blu-ray internationally in May 2015 add something


Peter Cincotti - In April of 2015 he performed with Sting and Annie Lennox at the The Old Vic Gala in a tribute to Kevin


Peter Cincotti - In April 2015 he performed with Sting and Annie Lennox at The Old Vic Gala in a tribute to Kevin


Volker Hinkel - On 27 November 2015, 20 years after their success with "Lemon Tree", Fools Garden released "Flashback", a compilation of cover versions of 1990s hit songs by various artists such as Depeche Mode, Annie Lennox, the Backstreet Boys, Bruce Springsteen, No Doubt and Madonna


In 2016 Lennox was awarded the Elle Style awards 'Outstanding Achievement' award, and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society award, the Livingstone Medal, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the fight against AIDS and support of women's rights add something


In 2017, Lennox was appointed Glasgow Caledonian University's first female Chancellor, taking over the role from Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus add something