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 1977, The Police reached worldwide success after releasing their first single ‘Roxanne‘ only a year after they formed the band.
By fusing punk, reggae and jazz, The Police were one of the first acts in the UK to pioneer a style that was to become known as ‘New Wave’.
Including his songs with The Police, Sting has had many hits including ‘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’s 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’ really was the song that propelled The Police towards super stardom.
Written by Sting, ‘Roxanne’ was first played in a Bossa Nova style. The inspiration came to Sting when the band was performing in Paris and he saw the prostitutes walking in the red light district.
The actual name ‘Roxanne’ came from a poster in the hotel that the band stayed at in Paris.
Since the shaky release back in 1978, ‘Roxanne’ has gone from strength to strength and it has always been a huge part of The Police’s live show.
Having been included on all of their Greatest Hits, the song came to represent the band’s music like no other.
The audience reach of ‘Roxanne’ can only be compared to their monster hit ‘Every Breath You Take’.
Since The Police’s 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 has showcased how a song can be dressed up in many ways without losing its integrity, as long as it’s a good song, 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.