|Birth name||Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner|
October 2, 1951 in Wallsend, England
|Occupations||Musician, Songwriter, Producer, Actor|
|Genre||Rock, Pop, New Wave, Reggae, Jazz, Classical|
|Years Active||1974 ó Present|
|Instruments||Vocals, Guitar, Bass Guitar ~ Fender Precision Bass|
|Label(s)||A&M Records Deutsche Grammophon UMG|
|Associated Acts||The Police|
January 1977, Sting joined Stewart Copeland and Henry Padovani (who was
soon replaced by Andy Summers) to form the New Wave band The Police.
Between 1978 and 1983, they released five chart-topping albums and won
six Grammy Awards.
September 1981, Sting made his first live solo appearance, performing on
all four nights of the fourth Amnesty International benefit The Secret
Policeman's Other Ball at the invitation of producer Martin Lewis. He
performed solo versions of "Roxanne" and "Message in a
Bottle", playing the guitar.
also led an all-star band (dubbed "The Secret Police") on his
own arrangement of Bob Dylanís, "I Shall Be Released". The
band and chorus included Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Phil Collins, Bob
Geldof and Midge Ure, all of whom (except Beck) later worked together on
performances were featured prominently in the album and movie of the
show and drew Sting major critical attention. Sumner's participation in The
Secret Policeman's Other Ball was the beginning of his growing
involvement in raising money and consciousness for political and social
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