For artist Bob Dylan, Dave Stewart is a fearless innovator. He has created original music with singer Annie Lennox under the flag of Eurythmics, composed a number of songs for movies like Showgirls (1995) and Alfie (2004, won a Golden Globe Award for the song ”Old Habits Die Hard”), as well as attempted writing with the comedy film Honest (2000, also directed) and the play “Barbarella” (2004).
Stewart, who appeared in a 1993 Apple Computer advertisement, was given the former South African president Nelson Mandela’s prison number 466/64 to help raise funds for the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Formerly having a personal relationship with Annie Lennox, the musician has now been married three times. He was previously married to a woman named Pam (1973-1977) and Siobhan Fahey (1987-1996, has 2 children), before marrying Anoushka Fisz. The couple has a daughter.
When Dave Met Annie
Childhood and Family:
David Allen Stewart was born on September 9, 1952, in Sunderland, Tyne-and-Wear, England. The supporter of the Sunderland Association Football Club once dreamt of being a professional football player before suffering a knee injury. Shifting gears to music, Dave mastered guitar in no time and then formed a folk-rock band called “Longdancer.” It later disbanded when Dave met singer Annie Lennox, who then became his professional and private partner.
Dave was married to a woman named Pam (1973-1977) before tying the wedding knot with artist Siobhan Fahey. The couple, who has two children (Sam and Django), ended their 9-year marriage in 1996. Dave is now the husband of Anoushka Fisz, whom he married on August 4, 2001. From the marriage, Dave has a daughter named Kaya.
With Annie Lennox and Sunderland musician Peet Coombes, Dave Stewart formed a band named “The Catch,” which later became “The Tourists.” Although gaining some fame with such Top 10 hits as the cover of Dusty Springfield’s “I Only Want To Be With You” and “So Good To Be Back Home Again,” The Tourists split up in 1980.
Stewart and Lennox’s romantic relationship ended, but they still made music together as the duo “Eurythmics.” The group’s reputation as one of the most consistent pop-rock duos of the 1980s began with the Grammy-nominated single “Sweet Dreams” (1983).
Outside Eurythmics, Stewart also began composing songs for movies with the track “Lily Was Here” and some orchestral scores for the Dutch movie De Kassière (1989). He then also worked in soundtracks for the films Jute City (1991, TV), No Worries (1993) and The Ref (1994). Unfortunately, his song “Walk Into The Wind,” from the much-criticized drama Showgirls (1995), was given a Razzie award for Worst Original Song.
After Eurythmics parted ways, Stewart pursued a career with the band Spiritual Cowboys and co-wrote some songs for the album of wife Siobhan Fahey’s band Hormonally Yours (billed as Manu Guiot). He momentarily reunited with Lennox to work on the album Peace (1999) before trying a hand at moviemaking with the black comedy Honest (2000). Stewart, who was a friend and collaborator Bob Dylan described as a “fearless innovator,” also wrote a musical based on the movie Barbarella (1968), which premiered in Vienna on March 11, 2004.
Collaborating with The Rolling Stones’ frontman Mick Jagger, Stewart did the soundtrack for the remake of Alfie (2004), which included the Golden Globe-winning “Old Habits Die Hard.” The same year, the musician made another band called “Platinum Weird,” featuring singer/songwriter Kara DioGuardi. Eccentrically, he promoted the band as his abandoned 1970s project with singer Erin Grace, who mysteriously left the band before an album was released.
In 2006, Stewart executive produced the TV special documentary program Rock Legends: Platinum Weird and the documentary film The Canary Effect. On October 30, 2006, Platinum Weird’s album Make Believe was released in the UK as a special limited edition. The group will also release a self-titled recording in early 2007.
- Golden Globe: Best Original Song - Motion Picture, “Old Habits Die Hard,” Alfie, 2005
- Broadcast Film Critics Association: Best Song, “Old Habits Die Hard,” Alfie, 2005
- Las Vegas Film Critics Society: Best Song, “Old Habits Die Hard,” Alfie, 2005
- World Soundtrack: Best Original Song Written for Film, “Old Habits Die Hard,” Alfie, 2005
- Razzie: Worst Original Song, “Walk Into The Wind,” Showgirls, 1996