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Annie Lennox is in pretty successful company as a Christmas baby – Sir Isaac Newton, Rod Serling, Jimmy Buffett, and Humphrey Bogart are among some of the more notable people to share that birthday. Out of all of them, and out of pretty much anyone born on any day ever, Annie Lennox stands out. With a career on the edge of spanning 5 decades, Lennox has not only stayed relevant – she’s never been boring. Sir Isaac Newton, as the rest of my 9th grade science class could attest, can not say the same.
Starting off with The Tourists in the 1970′s, she gained international success with The Eurythmics throughout the 1980′s. After that, she started a successful solo career in the 1990′s and has revisited The Eurythmics in the time since as well. She’s one of the most highly respected singers and musicians of all time – she’s received 8 Brit Awards, 4 Grammys, an MTV Video Music Award, an Academy Award and Golden Globe (both for “Into the West,” which was written for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), and a Billboard Century Award while being named “The Greatest White Soul Singer Alive” by VH1 and one of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone. In addition, she’s also a notable activist, raising money and awareness especially for HIV charities in Africa. Including her work within Eurythmics, Lennox has sold over 80 million records worldwide
Come celebrate the birthday of the “the most successful woman in UK Music History” at 5pm this afternoon on WERS!