With Englishman Dave Stewart's throbbing synthesizer backing the emotionally intense vocals of Scotswoman Annie Lennox, Eurythmics burst onto the scene in 1983 with an infectious and joyful burst of pure pop delight known as "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)." The duo gained an incredible following throughout the decade, due not only to many of the era's most indelible pop hits but also due to Lennox's perfect combination of an emotive voice and striking, androgynous look.
Stewart met Lennox in London while playing in the folk/rock band Longdancer. She was supplementing her income by waitressing as she attended at the Royal College of Music. Together, they formed the Tourists, which blended new wave energy with well-crafted pop songs. Following the Tourists' split, with Lennox and Stewart now entangled in a much-publicized love affair, they formed the Eurythmics in 1980.
Their debut In The Garden failed to sell, but the duo, no longer romantically involved,kept recording and scored a minor hit in 1982 with "Love Is a Stranger." The subsequent "Sweet Dreams" (which climbed to #3 on the albums chart) created a sensation and spawned a number of hits, all accompanied by an imaginative series of self-produced videos with the stunning Lennox in countless guises. The title track hit #1 in the U.S. in May of 1983.
Released in November 1983, the UK chart-topping Touch became a huge success with the hits "Right By Your Side" and "Here Comes The Rain Again." A remixed mini-LP of four tracks from Touch followed before they embarked upon scoring the music for the movie 1984, starring John Hurt, which generated a UK #4 hit in November 1984 with "Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty Four)". Eurythmics stayed on their roll with the following year's Be Yourself Tonight, which featured the #5 U.S. pop hit "Would I Lie To You?". The album contained less synthesized pop and more rock music, with Stewart using guitar-based songs, including a fiery anthemic duet with Aretha Franklin, "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves."
During 1985 Lennox experienced serious throat problems, which forced the band to cancel their appearance at July's Live Aid charity concert. That same month, however, the duo enjoyed their sole UK chart-topper, the exuberant "There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)." Lennox made her big-screen debut in Revolution with Donald Sutherland and Al Pacino.
Stewart, meanwhile, became a sought-after record producers, working with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Feargal Sharkey, Daryl Hall, Bob Geldof and Mick Jagger. The following year another gem, Revenge, was released, which included the group's last UK Top 10 single "Thorn In My Side."
In 1988, they performed at the televised Nelson Mandela Concert from Wembley. Later that year Lennox duetted with Al Green for a rousing and soulful version of Jackie DeShannon's "Put A Little Love In Your Heart". 1989's We Too Are One became their most successful album, staying at # 1 into 1990, but it proved to be their last.
Annie Lennox's 1992 solo debut Diva sold over two million copies in the U.S. and earned three Grammy nominations. Her songs "Walking on Broken Glass" and "Why?" have since become Adult Contemporary standards. Her 1995 follow-up Medusa also went platinum.
Lennox reunited with Stewart in June 1998 at a tribute concert for journalist Ruth Picardie, and again at the following year's BRIT awards where the duo were honoured for their "outstanding contribution" to British music. Buoyed by the successful reunion, Stewart and Lennox returned to the studio to record Peace. Lennox released her third solo album, the confessional Bare, in 2003.