Annie Lennox In-depth Biography
Following the disbandment of Eurythmics} in 1991, vocalist Annie Lennox} began a solo career that rivaled Eurythmics}' in terms of crossover popularity.
Born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland, Annie Lennox} began playing music as child, learning how to play both the piano and flute. In her late teens, she won a scholarship to London's Royal Academy of Music but she dropped out of the school before she took her finals. For the next several years, she worked around London, performing various jobs during the day and singing at night. In the late '70s, she met guitarist Dave Stewart} through a friend. Stewart}, who had previously played with Longdancer}, asked Lennox} to join a new band he was forming with a songwriter named Peet Coombes}. The band was named the Tourists}, and they released three albums between 1979 and 1980 and scored a number four U.K. hit with a cover of Dusty Springfield}'s "I Only Want to Be With You."}
While they were collaborating together in the Tourists}, Lennox} and Stewart} became lovers. Soon, tensions within the band grew and by 1980, the pair had left the band to begin Eurythmics}. During the early '80s, the sleek synth pop} of Eurythmics} became one of the most popular sounds of new wave}, racking up a number of hits in both the U.S. and U.K., including "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),"} "Love Is a Stranger,"} "Who's That Girl,"} and "Here Comes the Rain Again."} Midway through their career, Eurythmics} began pursuing a harder, more straightforward rock & roll} sound.
In 1990, following the release of Eurythmics}' commercial disappointment We Too Are One}, Lennox} announced that she was taking a two-year sabbatical to have a child. During this time, the group quietly dissolved, Lennox} had a baby, and she began working on her first solo album. Diva}, her solo debut, arrived in 1992 and showcased a calmer, more mature vocalist designed to cross over into the adult contemporary} audience. On the strength of the singles "Walking on Broken Glass"} (number 14) and "Why"} (number 34), Diva} sold over two million copies in the U.S. alone; the album was also nominated for three Grammy awards.
Annie Lennox} delivered her second solo album, a covers collection entitled Medusa}, in 1995. Peaking at number 11, Medusa} spawned the hit single "No More I Love You's,"} and went platinum by the end of 1995. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide