Phil & Mel In The Afternoon

Phil & Mel In The Afternoon

Annie Lennox (L) and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics perform at the 2005 American Music Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on November 22, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Scottish singer Annie Lennox and English musician/producer Dave Stewart met in 1975 at a London restaurant where Annie was working. They performed together in a band called The Tourists. After the group called it quits in 1980, Lennox and Stewart stayed together as a duo, calling themselves Eurythmics. Within three years, they were among the world’s biggest acts in pop and rock.

Eurythmics decided to take a break in 1990. Annie Lennox  launched her solo career while Dave Stewart was in demand as a record producer. They reunited to record one more studio album in 1999. Since then, there have been various one-off performances and a final single for their 2005 compilation album, Ultimate Collection. In 2022, Eurythmics were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where they performed three songs during the ceremony.

These days, Annie Lennox serves as the chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University in her native Scotland and recently appeared at the Grammys to pay tribute to the late Sinead O’Connor. Dave Stewart continues to perform and is currently touring with Bryan Adams. You can catch Stewart’s Eurythmics Songbook: Sweet Dreams 40th Anniversary Tour on March 10th at Spectrum Center in Charlotte. For this edition of the Throwback Threesome, let’s revisit the duo’s songs that enjoyed the most success on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

Throwback Threesome: Eurythmics

  • Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (1983)

    “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” is the chart-topping title track from the 1983 album that launched Eurythmics to international fame. The single went to  number 1 in the U.S. and Canada, but fell one spot short in the UK. The music video is one of the most iconic of the early-MTV era. The BBC Scotland said that thanks to Annie’s “powerful androgynous look,” this video “broke the mold for female pop stars.”

  • Here Comes The Rain Again (1984)

    Written by Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart on an overcast day in New York City, “Here Comes the Rain Again” is the opening track from Eurythmics’ 1984 album, Touch. The single peaked at number 4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The haunting video was filmed on the beautiful Orkney Islands off the northern coast of Scotland.

  • Would I Lie To You (1985)

    “Would I Lie to You” was the lead single from the duo’s fourth studio album, Be Yourself Tonight, in 1985. It was a departure from Eurythmics’ synth-pop roots to a sound that incorporated more elements of R&B and rock. The song actually reached the number 2 spot on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart, as well as number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The video features actor Steven Bauer, whom you might recognize as ‘Manny Ribera’ in the iconic 1983 film, Scarface.

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