The Policeis a 3 piece rock band which consists of Gordon Sumner (Sting), the lead vocalist and bass player, Andy Summers, guitar player, and Stewart Copeland, drum player. The band was very popular in the 1980's but it was formed in 1977, by Stewart Copeland. After Stewart’s group called Curved Air split up, he was anxious to form a three piece band and join the London punk scene. Sting and Henry Padovani began rehearsing with Stewart and in January, 1977, they recorded their first Police single and called it, Fall Out/Nothing Achieving. In March and April, 1977, they toured as the support act for Cherry Vanilla, and also Wayne County & The Electric Chairs. In May, 1977, Mike Howlett invited Sting and Andy Summers to form the group called, Strontium 90, with him. Howlett had Chris Cutler in mind for a drummer but he was not available so Sting brought Copeland along as a replacement for Cutler. In 1977 they performed using the group name, Strontium 90. In July, 1977, the four began recording and used the name, Police. Padovani didn’t last long in the band so it soon became the threesome that Copeland had wanted in the first place. This trio stayed together throughout the career of Police. Sting wrote the songs as well as sang lead in the group. They later recorded other writers songs, as well as theirs. The group were well recognized with their bleached blonde hair. The group came by the style accidently. Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum asked them to do a commercial but they had to bleach their hair blonde to do it. The blonde hair became a trademark for the band. This all took place before they released their first album.
The group released their first album called, Outlandos d’Amour, did not get far. They were working on a small budget and had no manager or record deal. Copeland’s brother, Miles, heard their song, Roxanne, and got them a record deal with A&M Records. The single was re-released in 1979 and the trio gained widespread recognition in the United Kingdom and also received minor attention in other countries. Such as Australia. They got a gig in a New York Club CBGB and they went on a tour of the U. S.. They toured around the country in a Ford Econoline van. They released their second album in 1979 and called it, Reggatta de Blanc. The album was a major hit and seller in many countries. From it came the singles, Message In A Bottle, which hit #1 on the charts, Walking On the Moon, also hit the charts.
In 1984 the members went their own way to pursue a solo career. In 1986 they reunited to play three concerts. It was rumored , in 2007, that the group were going to reunite and tour again, to mark their 30th anniversary. They have released 13 albums, 4 soundtracks, 10 tribute and cover albums, 6 music Videos, 6 DVDs, 25 singles, and have received 2 Brit Awards and 6 Grammy Awards.
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