Stingwas born as Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, on October 2, 1951. He was born in Wallsend, England, near Newcastle. He sneaked into nightclubs in order to watch the musicians perform. He saw musucians such as Jummy Hendrix and Jack Bruce, who were a great influence on him. He had jobs as a bus conductor, a construction laborer, a tax officer, and later went to Northern Countieís Teachersí Training College, from 1971 to 1974. He then got a job as a teacher at the St. Paulís First School, in Cramlington, for two years. Sting knew from a very young age that he wanted to become a musician and his first gigs were wherever he could get a job. He played with local jazz bands and performed on weekends, holidays, and evenings, when he wasnít teaching. Some of the local groups he played with were, Phoenix Jazzmen, The Newcastle Big Band, and Last Exit.
Sting got his nickname when he was performing with the Phoenix Jazzmen. One time he wore a black and yellow jersey with hooped stripes and the bandleader told him he looked like a bumblebee, so after that he became, Sting. He still uses the name most of the time and even his family calls him Sting. In 1977, Sting moved to London and left Newcastle. There he joined Stewart Copeland and Henry Padovani and together they formed the New Wave band called, The Police. Between 1978 and 1983 the band released 5 albums and they all topped the charts and won 6 Grammy Awards. The group initially sang punk, they switched to reggae rock and pop. The last album they released was, Synchronicity, and from it came their most successful song which was called, Every Breath You Take, which was released in 1983. Another of their popular songs was, Donít Stand So Close to Me, and it made number 1 on the charts.
The band never officially split up but they decided to go solo and see where it took them. In 2007 it was announced that they would reunite and go on a world tour. Sting made his first live solo performance in September, 1981. He played the guitar and did solo versions of Message in a Bottle and Roxanne. He released his first single in 1982, and it was called, Spread a Little Happiness. The song was a top 20 hit in the U. K.. Sting released his first solo album in 1985, and called it, The Dream of the Blue Turtles. From the album came the hit single, If You Love Somebody Set Them Free. Other hits from the album were, Fortress Around Your Heart, Russians, and Love is the Seventh Wave. Within a year, the album went triple platinum.
Sting released 23 albums, 41 singles, and appeared in 14 acting roles.
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