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Birth name: Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner
Born: October 2, 1951 Wallsend, England
Genres: Rock, Pop, New Wave, Jazz, Classical
Instruments: Vocals, Bass, Guitar
Years Active: 1974 - Present
Sting and Police Links
Sting managed to pull off both a band and a solo career!
Sting is an English musician who prior to his solo career had a band called The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers.
Formed by drummer Stewart Copeland in ’77, The Police reached world wide success after repeatedly releasing their first single Roxanne only a year after they formed the band.
By fusing punk, reggae and jazz, The Police where one of the first acts in the UK to pioneer a style that was to become known as New Wave.
Including The Police, Sting has had many hits: Every Breath You Take, Fragile, Englishman In New York, Roxanne, So Lonely and Message In A Bottle.
Roxanne was The Police first single!
Roxanne is a single from the album Outlandos d’Amour by The Police.
Being The Police first single it took two releases before the world caught on, eventually reaching top 40 status in both the U.S and the U.K, Roxanne was the song that propelled ‘The Police’ towards super stardom.
Written by Sting, Roxanne was at first in Bossa Nova style, the inspiration came to Sting as the band was performing in Paris and he saw the prostitutes walking the red light district.
The actual name Roxanne came from a poster in the hotel the band stayed at in Paris.
Since the shaky release back in ’78, Roxanne has gone from strength to strength and always been a huge part of The Police live show.
Having been included on all of their Greatest Hits, the song came to represent the bands music like no other.
Roxanne’s reach can only be compared to their monster hit Every Breath You Take.
Since The Police breakup in 1984, Sting has continued to perform Roxanne in many different versions during his live set as a solo artist.
By doing so he is showcasing how a song can be dressed up in many ways without loosing its integrity, as long as it’s a good composition to begin with.
Roxanne was the natural choice to play when the band reunited at the 2007 Grammy Awards.
The reunion tour that followed sold out in minutes.
Sting Biography Links
Find out ore about Sting’s life in Broken Music – A Memoir.