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Annie Lennox

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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, 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 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 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 market. 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. 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. Lennox took some time off to raise her child and become more actively involved with humanitarian endeavors. A full eight years after Medusa was released, she returned with Bare, one of the strongest and most personal albums of her career. After another break, she released Songs of Mass Destruction in September 2007 and made plans to embark on an extensive North American tour, starting in October. Three years later, Lennox returned to recording with her first holiday album, entitled A Christmas Cornucopia. In 2014, she delivered another covers-oriented album, the Mike Stevens-produced Nostalgia. The following year, Lennox re-released the album as Nostalgia: An Evening with Annie Lennox, which included both the original studio album and a bonus Blu-Ray disc of her live PBS concert recorded on-stage at Los Angeles' historic Orpheum Theatre backed by a 19-piece ensemble. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  2.   Why
  3.   Walking on Broken Glass
  4.   No More "I Love You's"
  5.   Waiting in Vain
  6.   I Put a Spell on You
  7.   I Cover the Waterfront
  8.   Love Song for a Vampire
  9.   Train in Vain
  10.   You Belong to Me
  11.   September in the Rain
  12.   The Nearness of You
  13.   Angels from the Realms of Glory
  14.   Mood Indigo
  15.   The First Noel
  16.   God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  17.   Ladies of the Canyon
  18.   Strange Fruit
  19.   Memphis in June
  20.   Little Bird
  21.   A Whiter Shade of Pale
  22.   Love Is Blind
  23.   Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
  24.   Cold
  25.   Who's That Girl?
  26.   See Amid the Winter's Snow
  27.   Twisted
  28.   Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
  29.   Georgia on My Mind
  30.   Stand By Me
  31.   O Little Town of Bethlehem
  32.   Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant
  33.   Pattern of My Life
  34.   Sing
  35.   Wonderful
  36.   Pavement Cracks
  37.   A Thousand Beautiful Things
  38.   Stay By Me
  39.   Precious
  40.   Here Comes the Rain Again
  41.   Take Me to the River
  42.   I Can Dream, Can't I?
  43.   The Holly and the Ivy
  44.   Silent Night
  45.   You Have Placed a Chill I
  46.   Shining Light
  47.   Womankind
  48.   Dark Road
  49.   Erased
  50.   The Saddest Song Ive Got
  51.   Bitter Pill
  52.   Honestly
  53.   The Hurting Time
  54.   Live With Me and Be My Love
  55.   Mama
  56.   The Gift
  57.   Primitive
  58.   Money Can't Buy It
  59.   Legend in My Living Room
  60.   Something So Right
  61.   Don't Let It Bring You Down
  62.   I Can't Get Next to You
  63.   God Bless the Child
  64.   Summertime
  65.   Broken Glass
  66.   Step by Step
  67.   Big Sky
  68.   Coloured Bedspread
  69.   Lost
  70.   Smithereens
  71.   Angel
  72.   Thin Line Between Love and Hate
  73.   Oh God (Prayer)
  74.   Lullay Lullay (Coventry Carol)
  75.   Loneliness
  76.   Through the Glass Darkly
  77.   Universal Child
  78.   As Joseph Was a Walking (The Cherry Tree Carol)
  79.   Fingernail Moon
  80.   In the Bleak Midwinter
  81.   Downtown Lights
  82.   Ghosts in My Machine
  83.   Keep Young And Beautiful
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