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Annie Lennox ( 1954 - )  Category ( Musicians ) [suggest a correction]
 

Annie LennoxScottish singer, musician, and activist Annie Lennox was born to a working class couple in Aberdeen, Scotland. Her father was a shipyard worker and her mother a housewife. Lennox was the only child born to the marriage.

The family struggled financially, living in a small apartment. However, her parents recognized Lennox's interest in music and arranged for her to have piano lessons. One of her favorite youthful pastimes was singing along to Beatles and other popular music of the time. Partly due to typical teenage angst, and probably partly to do with the longing and drive expressed by the music she loved, Lennox and her father engaged in a power struggle over her personal autonomy. He was overprotective, concerned for her safety and well-being.

During high school she was able to express her musical talent by entering and winning second in a talent contest, held during a holiday camp. Following graduation, she was accepted to the Royal Academy of Music in London. She majored in flute and classical music. Lennox struggled there, not due to her lack of love for the subject, but because she felt lonely and shy, often missing classes. She left after three years. Her flute instructor's views on Lennox survive, and stated: "Ann has not always been sure of where to direct her efforts, though lately she has been more committed. She is very, very able, however."

Lennox later suggested to the Academy that her continual need to work in order to support herself may have contributed to what may have been interpreted as a lackadaisical approach to her studies. In 2006, her alma mater made her an honorary Fellow. The same year the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama bestowed upon her the same honor. After leaving the Academy, Lennox struck out to begin a career in music.

During the late 1970s she was the lead singer for a group known as The Tourists. During this time she began a relationship with a fellow group member, Dave Stewart. Even though the relationship had ended by 1980, Lennox and Stewart decided to form their own group, known as Eurythmics. The duo achieved great success in popular music during the 1980s. They were part of what was known as the "New Wave" style of music, featuring strong vocals from Lennox, and use of synthesizers and other technological musical advancements. Added to the mystique was Lennox's adopted androgynous persona. She often dressed and performed in male attire, and once impersonated Elvis.

The duo released a number of successful singles during the 1980s, including "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," "Here Comes the Rain Again," and "Who's That Girl," among others. In 1990, Lennox began moving towards a solo career, which has been equally long and successful. Eurythmics reappeared in the late 1990s by releasing the album Peace. Following in its wake was a charity concert tour, with profits donated to Greenpeace and Amnesty International.

While Eurythmics officially disbanded a year later, Lennox continues to record and perform. In 1990, she began to add charity and political work to her resume. She has donated to, spoken for, and advocated in the defense of Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Nelson Mandela's 46664 campaign, AIDS research and charity, and addressed the British House of Commons about the plight of children in Africa.


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