annie and lola lennox

They’re brilliant and British

By Lauren Edwards

Things that I hope to inherit from my Mum are her youthfulness (she seriously looks 10 years younger than her current age), her ability to meditate ANYWHERE (on a train, in a supermarket queue, she just closes her eyes and tunes into another realm) and her unwavering kindness (we adopted every kind of stray animal during my childhood from an unwanted quail to ducks, to dogs, rabbits and cats).

Lola Lennox was born into rock royalty as the daughter of the incomparable Annie Lennox. Born on the 10th December 1990, her father Uri Fruchtmann is an Israeli film producer, and she has a younger sister Tali Lennox, who is making a name for herself as a model and photographer.

Annie Lennox split from Fruchtmann when Lola was nine. Throughout their childhood, Lola and Tali went on numerous world tours with Annie, visiting Australia and the US among other destinations. Annie remarried in 2012 to South African gynaecologist Dr Mitch Besser.

I think Mum found a really great balance between being a mum and working. She was there for us as kids and when she worked – as a woman – it was incredibly inspiring to us and a fantastic example that Tali and I have carried through into our adult lives.

Lola Lennox

Following in the footsteps of her legendary mother, Lola started playing the piano at the age of seven but was more interested in singing and as a teenager would sneak into her parents’ basement to record her handwritten songs. She enrolled at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London to study classical vocals, whilst singing blues and jazz in her spare time, but quickly regretted the decision and dropped out after a few months.

“I thought studying classical music would be a challenge, but as soon as I opened the letter saying I’d got into the academy I knew it wasn’t for me. The whole time I was there I hardly sang a note. I got a nodule in my throat that, looking back, was my body telling me I’d made the wrong choice.”

Lola Lennox

After a brief stint as a model and backing singer, at the age of 25, Lola moved to LA where her Mum lived, to pursue her dreams of becoming a musician. She was soon signed to Simon Fuller’s record label (the man who made the Spice Girls famous) and her career has gone from strength to strength since.

“Was I hesitant about Lola making music a career? Totally. The industry of music is a cruel beast, it will eat you up and spit you out. I would have preferred Lola to be a vet. But ultimately, I’m overjoyed that people are hearing her voice and song writing. The comparisons between us are inevitable, but she has a sound that belongs uniquely to her. Wherever the musical gene pool has originated from, we were both privy to it.”

Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox OBE was a true icon of the 1980s with her cropped hair and androgynous style. Annie along with Dave Stewart stormed the charts with their band the Eurythmics. Annie embarked on a solo career in 1992 to great success, amassing awards at The Brits, The Grammys, and The Golden Globes.

Born on the 25th December 1954 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Annie was an only child to mother Dorothy, who was employed as a cook and father Thomas, who worked at a shipyard. In a strange parallel with her daughter, Annie was equally a musical child and began taking piano lessons at the age of seven. She also enrolled at the Royal Academy of Music in London during the 1970s, to study the flute, piano and harpsichord and was equally unhappy, doubting her own talent compared to her class contemporaries.

In 1976, Annie joined the band Dragon’s Playground as a flute player before leaving to join The Tourists in 1977 as their lead singer. Here she met Dave Stewart and they formed the Eurythmics in 1981.

Annie has been a tireless campaigner throughout her life to raise awareness on HIV and AIDS, particularly on how it affects women and children in Africa. In 1997, Lennox founded the SING Campaign to raise funds to help prevent the spread of HIV in African communities.

“She is one of those exemplary human beings who chose to put her success in her chosen career to work in order to benefit others. She is a true friend of Africa and of South Africa. Her Aids activism in general, and support for the treatment action campaign in-particular, contributed significantly to turning the pandemic around in our country.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, November 2013.

To view the awesomeness of the Lennox ladies, take a look at their duet of a classic Eurythmics hit:

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