Dave Stewart (Eurythmics)

Best known for his work with Eurythmics the English musician, songwriter and record producer David Allan “Dave” Stewart was born 9 September 1952 in Sunderland, England. In 1971, whilst still in his teens, he secured a record deal as part of folk-rock band Longdancer. He also collaborated with Brian Harrison to produce an EP recording two songs (Girl and Green She Said) from a school musical production written by teacher Dick Bradshaw, one traditional number (A Blacksmith Courted Me) and a song written by Dave and Brian (Deep December). In late 1976, he was introduced to Annie Lennox by Paul Jacobs. Soon, Stewart and Lennox became romantically involved. They teamed up with Sunderland musician Peet Coombes, releasing the single The Catch. The band then developed into The Tourists who enjoyed modest success, including a hit in 1979 with a cover of the Dusty Springfield hit “I Only Want to Be with You”. However the Tourists split up in 1980, as did Stewart and Lennox, though the pair continued to work together. They formed a new musical project named Eurythmics, and went on to be one of the most successful pop-rock duos of all time. After a string of hit singles and albums, they split in 1990, but reunited in 1999 for the album Peace and another world tour. Lennox and Stewart worked together again in 2005, recording two new tracks for the greatest hits package Ultimate Collection, released to coincide with Eurythmics’ 25th anniversary.

After the Eurythmics dissolved in 1990, Stewart moved to France and immediately released an album with his new band The Spiritual Cowboys followed by A second album in 1991.In 1992, Stewart collaborated with singer Terry Hall (formerly of The Specials, The Fun Boy Three and The Colourfield) on the projectVegas. The duo released one self-titled album but this was commercially unsuccessful, though one of the singles from the album (“Possessed”) made the UK Top 40.In 1993, Stewart appeared in an Apple Inc. advertisement for the Power Macintosh in which he riffed on the word “power”. He also had a small cameo as a computer hacker in the 1995 film Hackers.In 1994, Stewart released a solo album, Greetings from the Gutter. The album was not a commercial success, though Stewart scored a minor UK hit with the single “Heart Of Stone” which reached number 36. He then released another album, Sly-Fi, first on the internet.In 1997, Stewart released an album Come Alive with the actress and singer Rhona Mitra. In 1999, he produced an second album,Female Icon.In November 2002, Stewart worked with former South African president Nelson Mandela. Stewart came up with the idea of turning Mandela’s prison number into a telephone number then wrote and recorded songs with Paul McCartney, Bono and Edge which you could only hear if you dialled this number.

He then began organising the 46664 campaign and series of concerts in the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa and in 2007, Stewart unveiled an initiative called “Greenpeace Works”, which he labelled as a “think tank” to dream up ways celebrities and Greenpeace can work together on green issues. On the project, The Dave Stewart Songbook, he wrote a large coffee table size book full of stories and photographs and also re-recorded 21 hit songs which have been co-written or co-produced by him during the past decades and were originally released by artists such as Jon Bon Jovi, Celine Dion, Bob Geldof, Shakespears Sister, No Doubt, Bryan Ferry, Tom Petty and Eurythmics. Also included is the song “American Prayer” written by Stewart with Bono of U2. In 2008 Stewart released a new solo track, Let’s Do It Again, and in 2010, Stewart recorded his first solo album of new material since 1998’s Sly-Fi. Entitled The Blackbird Diaries, it was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, and includes duets with Stevie Nicks, Martina McBride, Colbie Caillat and The Secret Sisters. Stewart has made a film of the making of the album and also filmed a live concert in Nashville at The Belcourt Theatre on 9 December 2010

Stewart produced or co-produced all of Eurythmics’ albums and, once the band became established, he also became a producer of other artists. In 1985, as well as producing Eurythmics’ hit album Be Yourself Tonight, Stewart co-produced the album Southern Accents for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, as well as co-writing several songs for the album including the hit “Don’t Come Around Here No More”. The same year, Stewart also produced the debut solo album by Feargal Sharkey, which included the UK number one hit “A Good Heart”. Due to these accomplishments, Stewart won “Best Producer” at the 1986 BRIT Awards in London.Stewart would go on to write and produce for a variety of other artists throughout the years. In 1986, he collaborated with Bob Geldof on tracks for his debut solo album Deep in the Heart of Nowhere. Working together, the duo named themselves “The Brothers of Doom”. Stewart also co-wrote and co-produced several tracks for Mick Jagger’s 1987 album Primitive Cool.

He co-wrote the Shakespears Sister hit single “Stay”. Along with his then-wife, Siobhan Fahey, Under the pseudonym “Jean Guiot”), as well as several other tracks for their second and third albums .In 1996, Stewart produced the debut album by Alisha’s Attic, Alisha Rules the World.In 1997, Stewart co-produced the album Destination Anywhere for Jon Bon Jovi, as well as co-writing several tracks.Stewart collaborated with Bryan Ferry on his 2002 album Frantic, co-writing several tracks and co-producing one of them. He also co-wrote “Friend or Foe” for the Russian pop duo t.A.T.u., which is on their 2005 album Dangerous and Moving .In 2008, Stewart was brought in by Ringo Starr to produce his album Liverpool 8, after Starr dismissed the album’s original producer, Mark Hudson. Hudson’s work on some tracks earned both Stewart and Hudson credits as co-producers (along with Starr himself) .In 2010, Stewart announced on his Twitter account he was co-writing and producing the new studio album by Stevie Nicks. The album, entitled In Your Dreams, was co-produced by Glen Ballard and released in May 2011. In 2011, Stewart produced an album for Joss Stone and released a new song called “Leap of faith” in collaboration with Greek superstar Anna Vissi. Stewart also produced Fire EP for artist Orianthi. He has also worked occasionally with American ska-punk band No Doubt, co-writing “Underneath It All” for their 2001 release Rock Steady and “Sparkle” for their 2012 release Push and Shove. In 2011 Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones formed a new supergroup called Super Heavy which includes Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and A.R. Rahman. In 2012 Stewart released his new album The Ringmaster..

He has also written a few film scores and co-wrote the theme song for the 1986 comedy Ruthless People with Mick Jagger and Daryl Hall. Stewart took a greater involvement in the film industry in 1989 by writing and producing the soundtrack Lily Was Here for the Dutch film De Kassière. The single of the same name, featuring saxophone player Candy Dulfer, topped the Dutch charts for five weeks. The single also reached the UK Top 10 and peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1990.Though he had previously directed music videos, he made his feature film directorial debut in 2000 with Honest, a black comedy set in London in the late 1960s featuring three members of the British girl group All Saints. Stewart also performed the song Everybody, All Over The World (Join The Celebration) for the 2004 remake of the film Around the World in 80 Days. Stewart, in conjunction with his brother John J. Stewart of Oil Factory Productions, and in collaboration with music critic and author Robert Palmer and documentary filmmaker Robert Mugge made a documentary dealing with Delta Blues music. Deep Blues: A Musical Pilgrimage to the Crossroads, which was filmed in Memphis, Tennessee and various north Mississippi counties. Stewart was also the main interviewer for the HBO series Off the Record, which highlighted songwriting and features prominent musicians. The pilot aired on HBO on 24 November 2006 and featured Bono and The Edge from U2. He collaborated with Mick Jagger to record songs which appear on the soundtrack to the movie Alfie, released in 2004. The soundtrack includes the critically acclaimed song “Old Habits Die Hard”, which won a Golden Globe award for Best Original Song from a Motion Picture.In 2012, together with Rosemary Reed, Stewart was the executive co-producer of Living The Life series on Sky Arts and recorded an exclusive soundtrack for the new episodes. stewart is the co-creator and executive producer of the 2012 ABC sitcom Malibu Country starring Reba McEntire.

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