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Eurythmics are a British synth pop dup consisting of Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart. Stewart (formerly of a folk-rock group Longdancer) and Lennox (a student at the Royal Academy of Music) quickly became lovers after meeting in the late 1970s, and formed a group called Catch with Coombes, after Jeff Coombes, Stewart's guitarist and songwriting collaborator. By 1979 (see 1979 in music), Catch with Coombes had become The Tourists, who released three moderately successful British albums, The Tourists, Reality Effect and Luminous Basement.
Lennox and Stewart broke up in 1980 (see 1980 in music) and they began performing as Eurythmics. Their debut album, In the Garden, featuring collaborations from members of Can and Blondie, was critically well-received but sold poorly. The follow-up, Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (1983, 1983 in music) became a huge British hit due to the title track, which quickly topped the American charts as well. In 1984 they did the sound track to the motion picture "Nineteen Eighty-Four" The director of the film disliked the group and refused to use their album except for the song "Julia" which played near the end of the credits.
Touch, the follow-up to Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), was released later in 1983 and spawned three major UK hits, though its American success was mcuh more limited. Their fourth album, Be Yourself Tonight, featured a duet with Aretha Franklin and briefly continued Eurythmics chart domination, though its sales petered out and signalled the end of Eurythmics' mainstream success.
Stewart began producing, for Tom Petty and Bob Dylan, among others, while Lennox did some acting. They reunited in 1987 (see 1987 in music) to little fanfare until We Too Are One, a UK #1 hit that did poorly in the United States. In 1992 (see 1992 in music), Lennox released a solo album, Diva, which was a critical and popular sensation, while Stewart began writing film soundtracks and formed a band called Spiritual Cowboys. Stewart released a solo album in 1995 (see 1995 in music), Greetings from the Gutter, but it was a flop.