Singer Annie Lennox was born on December 25, 1954 in Aberdeen, Scotland. As a teenager Lennox was awarded a student grant to the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she studied piano, harpsichord and flute. Although a talented and competent musician, Lennox was unhappy at the Academy and was unsure of where to direct her efforts. She played music with a number of bands independent of her curricular work. Lennox played with a couple of bands including The Tourists, in which she collaborated with guitarist Dave Stewart. It was their second collaborative effort in the 1980s synth-pop band Eurythmics that brought Lennox her first dose of international fame. The duo had a number of pop hits in the '80s, most notably "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" and the R&B-influenced "Would I Lie To You?". Lennox and Stewart never formally disbanded Eurythmics, but Lennox began to forge ahead with her own career in the '90s. Her 1992 solo album Diva was a tremendous success, and included singles "Walking on Broken Glass" and "Why." In the late '90s Lennox's public profile lowered, as she became devoted to raising her family, but she released 1995's Medusa, an album of covers, which yielded the single "No More I Love You's" which climbed to the number 2 position on the U.K. Singles chart, Lennox's highest-ever chart position. In 1997 Eurythmics released the track "Angel," for the Diana, Princess of Wales album made as a tribute after the Princess's death. In addition to her musical work Lennox was a political activist, championing causes related to the environment and AIDS activism. Lennox won the Oscar for Best Song for her track "Into the Woods" which appeared on the soundtrack to "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" (2003).
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Met Dave Stewart while working as a waitress in London
Joined Stewart's band Catch, which soon became the Tourists
Left the Tourists and formed a synthpop duo with Stewart called Eurythmics
Eurythmics released their debut album <i>In the Garden</i>
Released the breakthrough album <i>Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)</i>, featuring the hit title track
Reached the Top 10 in U.S. charts with the third Eurythmics album <i>Touch</i> and hit single "Here Comes the Rain Again"
Made her film debut with a small role in "1984," a feature adaptation of George Orwell's novel
Recorded the duet "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" with Aretha Franklin, included in album <i>Be Yourself Tonight</i>
Eurythmics' <i>Greatest Hits</i> collection released during group's hiatus
Released the critically acclaimed solo debut <i>Diva</i>, which featured "Why," "Walking on Broken Glass," and "Little Bird"
Spent 60 weeks on the <i>Billboard</i> 200 chart with album of covers titled <i>Medusa</i>
Reunited with Stewart to record Eurythmics' first album in ten years, <i>Peace</i>
Recorded "Into the West" for Peter Jackson's epic "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," which won the Oscar for Best Original Song
Collaborated with Stewart on two new songs for Eurythmics' compilation album <i>Ultimate Collection</i>
Released a compilation album of solo work, <i>The Annie Lennox Collection</i>
Recorded her first solo holiday album <i>A Christmas Cornucopia</i>
Performed in London for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert and the Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony