April 18, 2008 / 9:39 AM / 10 years ago

Annie Lennox on U.S. singles chart after 13 years

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Annie Lennox’s performance on last week’s “Idol Gives Back” special has propelled the former Eurythmics singer onto the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the first time in almost 13 years.

Annie Lennox waves on stage at the "Idol Gives Back" show at the Kodak theatre in Hollywood, California April 6, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Lennox entered the chart at No. 80 on Thursday with her version of reggae icon Jimmy Cliff’s 1969 song “Many Rivers to Cross.”

While the tune has been covered by many artists over the years, including Linda Ronstadt, UB40 and Cher, it has never appeared on the Hot 100 until now.

“Many Rivers to Cross” marks Lennox’s sixth non-Eurythmics appearance on the Hot 100. Three of those have been covers, starting in 1989 with a duet with Al Green on Jackie DeShannon’s “Put a Little Love in Your Heart,” which went to No. 9. In 1995, Lennox went to No. 23 with a remake of the Lover Speaks’ “No More ‘I Love You’s’.”

Her 1992 solo album “Diva” yielded two hits that year, “Why” (No. 34) and “Walking on Broken Glass” (No. 14), and one in 1993, “Little Bird” (No. 49).

Eurythmics appeared 15 times on the Hot 100, beginning with the duo’s 1983 chart-topper “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” (No. 1) and ending with 1989’s “Don’t Ask Me Why” (No. 40).


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