Annie Lennox may have possessed a voice of a thousand angels on steroids, but she was at her most powerful when she gave a voice to others.
As part of the hugely successful 80s British synth-pop duo Eurythmics, she was named “The Greatest White Soul Singer Alive” by VH1 and was listed in The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine. Her recordings, both as a solo artist and as part of Eurythmics, sold over 80 million records worldwide, cementing her place in British Rock Royalty.
Who would’ve imagined that this economically challenged, scrawny shy girl who studied classical music at The Royal Academy of Music in London, would have rocked the world in so many ways. The stylishly androgenous diva can now add political activist, humanitarian and philanthropist to her CV. Sweet dreams are made of this…
Who am I to disagree?
I travel the world
And the seven seas
Everybody’s looking for something.
From ‘Sweet Dreams (are made of this)’.
Apart from helping save countless lives with her HIV/AIDS work in Africa, Lennox campaigned tirelessly for the release of one of 21st century’s most elegant and brave humans, Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi. (Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s democracy leader and Nobel Peace laureate spent 15 years under house arrest and was finally released on 13th November 2010).
Annie Lennox was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2010 for her tireless work in fighting AIDS and poverty in Africa. All this, in one lifetime, whilst looking fabulously original throughout.
Text by Howard Collinge- The Unique Creatures
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