Annabella Lwin (31 October 1966) is an Anglo-Burmese singer, songwriter, and record producer best known as the lead singer of Bow Wow Wow.
Lwin was born to a Burmese father and an English mother in Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar).
In 1980, at the age of thirteen, she was spotted by a friend of Malcolm McLaren singing at the dry cleaning premises in North London where she worked part-time. Following her successful audition for the lead singer position in McLaren’s new group (the yet-to-be-named band Bow Wow Wow), he had her transfer from a mixed comprehensive school in London to the Sylvia Young Theatre School. McLaren dubbed her ‘Bess Man’.The group would go on to chart success with the songs “Go Wild in the Country”, “Do You Wanna Hold Me?” and “I Want Candy”. Lwin later caused controversy the following year by posing nude for the cover of See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang, Yeah. City All Over! Go Ape Crazy, the group’s first full-length album.
When Lwin was ousted from the band in September 1983, she embarked on a solo career, releasing Fever in 1986 (RCA 8061), which was produced by and recorded with multi-instrumentalist Jim Lea of Slade.
Before the release of “Fever” in 1986, Annabella launched her solo career with the single “Don’t Dance With Strangers”, written by Annabella, Mic Murphy & David Frank (The System), produced by The System and mixed by John Morales. The single would not appear on the debut album the following year.
Don’t Dance With Strangers 6:29
Don’t Dance With Strangers (Dub) 6:39