Jack’s Song Of The Day: Dave Stewart

dave stewart Jacks Song Of The Day: Dave Stewart

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Jack FM would like to remind you that it’s Wednesday, not Tuesday.

Dang holiday has us all screwed up.

Throughout his 30-plus year career, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Dave Stewart [/lastfm] has done it all: musician, songwriter, singer, record producer, film scorer, public speaker, innovator.  No wonder Fast Company Magazine recently named him one of the most creative people in business.

As a teenager growing up in England, Dave Stewart knew he wanted to make music.  He joined the folk-rock band, Longdancer, and eventually signed a record deal.  However, the band was not commercially successful.

In 1976, Dave met [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Annie Lennox[/lastfm] through a mutual friend, and a musical and romantic partnership soon ensued.  Even though Dave and Annie ended their romantic relationship in 1980, the two continued to work together musically, forming the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Eurythmics[/lastfm] later that year.  Little did they know how successful the Eurythmics would be.

The Eurythmics scored a commercial breakthrough with the 1983 release of their album, Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This).  The album was a smash hit in both the U.K. and U.S., where it peaked at # 15 on the Billboard 200 chart.  The title track became one of the group’s biggest hits and went to # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the only Eurythmics’ song to do so.  The song’s video was played heavily on MTV and made Annie Lennox a star with her somewhat androgynous look. 

Throughout the 80s, the Eurythmics continued releasing albums, scoring hit singles and touring the world, thus making them one of the most successful duos in music history.  But like most good things, the Eurythmics came to an end in 1990.  Dave and Annie did reunite in 1999 to record the album, Peace, and again in 2005 to record two new songs for a greatest hits package. 

After the breakup of the Eurythmics, Dave Stewart continued working in music.  In 1994, he released his first solo album, Greetings From The Gutter.  The album did not sell well, but Dave did score a minor hit in the U.K. with the single, “Heart of Stone.”  1998 saw the release of his second solo work, Sly Fi, the first album released solely on the Internet.

Having produced or co-produced all of the Eurythmics’ albums, Dave began to branch out and work with other artists.  Over the years, he has written, produced and collaborated with such notable acts as [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bono[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Tom Petty[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jon Bon Jovi[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Celine Dion[/lastfm],[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Bryan Ferry[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mick Jagger[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Ringo Starr[/lastfm] and most recently, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Stevie Nicks [/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Joss Stone[/lastfm].  Because of his work, Dave has been named Best British Producer four times and Best British Songwriter five times.

On August 24th, Dave Stewart will be releasing The Blackbird Diaries, his first album of original material since 1998.  The album was recorded in Nashville and features duets with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Colbie Caillat [/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Martina McBride[/lastfm].  The first single is “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” and it’s Jack’s Song of the Day.

Dave is set to embark on an Australian tour with Stevie Nicks, and in September, he has plans to unveil Super Heavy, a supergroup he has formed with Mick Jagger. 

Here’s the video for the Eurythmics’ hit, “Would I Lie To You.”  Just know that Jack FM would never lie to you… well, maybe a little white lie every now and then… 

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