Pop icon and social activist, singer Annie Lennox was born into a working class family in Aberdeen on Christmas Day 1954. Her mother was a cook and a housewife, her father a boilermaker in the shipyards but Annie had a passion for music from an early age.
Extracts from the accompanying The Greatest Scot television programme are being added to these biographical notes as the programme is broadcast between November 9 and 13. If you live outside the UK, you will not be able to see these, but you may enjoy other videos about some of the subjects which are available via links in the text. Here is an interview with Annie Lennox speaking at the Festival of Politics held at the Scottish Parliament.
Her piano and singing lessons as a young girl paid off when she won a place at the Royal Academy of Music in London during the 1970s, where she studied flute and classical music for 3 years before leaving just a few weeks before her exams.
Winner of a record breaking eight Brit Awards as well five Grammys (three with electro pop outfit Eurythmics) Annie began her recording career as a member of punk-influenced pop band The Tourists
She formed the band with Dave Stewart with whom she struck up a musical and romantic relationship while working in a restaurant in Hampstead but, after disputes with their record label, The Tourists disbanded.
The duo, now no longer together as a couple, then went on to form Eurythmics, one of the biggest bands of the 1980s whose hit singles include: Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), Here Comes the Rain Again, Who’s That Girl and There Must be an Angel (Playing with my Heart).
The Eurythmics never officially disbanded and have periodically come together again, but in 1990 Annie went on to have a successful solo career that marked her out as one of best female artists of her generation
She has also released several movie soundtracks including Love Song for a Vampire for Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the multi-award winning Into the West for the third Lord of the Rings film for which she won an Oscar.
Away from the music business Annie Lennox is renowned for her charity work with organizations such as Amnesty International, Greenpeace, and Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Foundation.
In 2008 she was awarded the British Red Cross’ Services to Humanity Award and dedicates much of her time to raising awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa through her website at www.annielennoxsing.com