Synthesizer player, songwriter and producer Dave Stewart spent the
last decade as a solo artist and as a collaborator with Bob Dylan,
Mick Jagger, Tom Petty and others.
But Stewart is best known for Eurythmics, the '80s synth duo he
founded with vocalist Annie Lennox; the pair are completing their
first album in 10 years for an October release date.
David A. Stewart was born 47 years ago today into an upper-middle-class
family in Sunderland, England. He began his professional music career
leading a folk-rock band called Longdancer. They signed to Elton
John's Rocket Records, but split after failing to hit it big.
Stewart began writing songs with his friend Peet Coombes and later met
Annie Lennox, then a student at the Royal Academy of Music. The three
formed the band Catch, and Lennox and Stewart became lovers.
Catch changed its name to the Tourists in 1979. The post-punk group
issued three albums: an eponymous debut (1979), Reality Effect
(1979) and Luminous Basement (1980). They had top-10 hits in
the UK with "I Only Want to Be With You" and "So Good to Be Back Home
Though they broke up romantically in 1980, Stewart and Lennox decided
to remain musical partners in a new duo they called Eurythmics. The
group's music was made solely by Stewart, due to his technical
expertise on synthesizers and other electronic instruments; Lennox's
vocals added the highlights.
Eurythmics debuted with 1981's acclaimed In the Garden, but
broke through to pop success with 1983's Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).
Recorded in Stewart's home studio, the LP's danceable title track
became a global hit. Lennox's orange-haired androgyny also made the
duo MTV stars.
Touch (1983) featured the hits "Here Comes the Rain Again" and
"Who's That Girl?" In 1985 Stewart produced tracks on Aretha Franklin's
Who's Zoomin' Who and Petty's Southern Accents. The same
year Eurythmics issued Be Yourself Tonight, containing the
smash "Would I Lie to You?" (RealAudio excerpt)
and the Franklin duet "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves."
Revenge (1986) spawned the hits "Missionary Man" and
"Thorn in My Side." After the relative U.S. commercial disappointments
of Savage (1987) and We Too Are One (1989), Eurythmics
ceased recording, though an official breakup never came.
In 1990 Stewart formed the Spiritual Cowboys with Pretenders drummer
Martin Chambers. The guitar-driven band released an eponymous 1990 LP
and 1991's Honest.
In 1995 Stewart issued his solo debut, Greetings From the Gutter,
including "Oh No, Not You Again." His most-recent LP was the Web-only
release Sly-Fi. Stewart also has produced Daryl Hall and
Shakespear's Sister, which included his wife, Siobhan Fahey of
Eurythmics, who performed and were honored in February at England's
Brit Awards, plan to tour behind their 1999 release, according to
their label, Arista Records.
Other birthdays: Inez Foxx, 57; Luther Simmons Jr. (Main Ingredient),
57; Dee Dee Sharp, 54; Doug Ingle (Iron Butterfly), 53; Billy Preston,
53; Freddy Weller (Paul Revere and the Raiders), 52; Kendall Rey Jones
(Fishbone), 34; Andre "Dray" Weston (Das EFX), 29; Joe Negroni
(Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers), 1940-1977; and Otis Redding,