I play anything that comes into my head." Christmas Day, 1954 Born Ann Lennox, in Torry, Aberdeen. 1971 Wins a place at the Royal Academy of Music, London. 1996 Wins Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Her mother, Dorothy, was a cook, her father, Tom, a shipyard boilermaker. 1974 Quits the Royal Academy weeks before her final exams. 2004 Wins Best Original Song Oscar for "Into the West", from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King soundtrack.
Her eyes are instantly drawn to the grand piano in the green room at London's Royal Festival Hall, but my hopes of more tunes are quashed when she heads not for the piano stool, but the sofa.
Pop has turned "corporate" in a way that it wasn't back in her heyday – consider her fellow activists Bono and Bob Geldof.
Today's pop stars, she says in her gentle, lilting voice, are a "put-together thing...
Works in a bookshop and as a waitress while taking singing lessons.
1975 Sings in a roots band called Dragon's Playground and then in a jazz ensemble called Red Brass. 1983 Release "Sweet Dreams" which reaches No 2 in the UK and No 1 in the US.