Facts about Sting
Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner
Since the beginning of his career, he has been hiding under the pseudonym Sting. He is undoubtedly one of the most significant individuals and stars in the history of rock music. In 1977, hitherto engaged in teaching English and playing bass in a jazz band, he founded the rock band "The Police," whose international fame and place in history brought the album "Synchronicity." Soon after the release of this album, the band broke up, and Sting took up a solo career, which he continues successfully to this day - both as an actor and musician. Sting is an undisputed legend. As the author of many hits, a philanthropist, and an inspirational figure, he is one of the most versatile and prolific artists of the turn of the century.
1Sting - Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner - was born on October 2, 1951, in Wallsend, Northumberland County, England.
2He grew up in a Roman Catholic family and attended Catholic primary and secondary school.
His mother, Audrey, worked as a hairdresser, and his father, Ernest, was a dairyman. The musician has a brother Philip and two sisters, Anita and Angela.
3From an early age, he was a music enthusiast, with a particular fondness for the Beatles and jazz musicians, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.
4He intended to become a teacher and enrolled at the Northern Counties Teacher Training College (now Northumbria University).
5While at school, he performed in local clubs, mainly with jazz bands such as "Phoenix Jazzman" and "Last Exit."
6His bandmate from "Phoenix Jazzman" gave him the nickname Sting because of the black and yellow striped sweater he often wore during performances.
7After graduating in 1974, Sting taught English at St. Paul's First School in Cramlington for two years.
8In 1977, he moved to London and formed the rock band "The Police" with musicians Stewart Copeland and Henri Padovani (soon replaced by Andy Summers).
Sting was the vocalist and played bass, Summers played guitar, and Copeland played drums. The band was very successful but broke up at the height of its career in 1983. In 1983, "The Police" won two Grammy Awards - for Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Rock Band Performance by a Duo Or Group With Vocals. In addition, Sting, with the song "Every Breath You Take," won the Grammy for Song Of The Year, and the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for the soundtrack to the film "Brimstone and Treacle." In 1986, the musicians announced "The Police" reactivation after a hiatus of several years to record a new version of the song "Don't Stand So Close to Me."
9Sting began his solo career with the album "The Dream of the Blue Turtles," which proved to be a great success - the singles from it are: "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" and "Fortress Around Your Heart."
10A year later, he released a live album, "Bring on the Night," which featured songs from his debut album and earlier periods of his career. The album was filmed on VHS, later also on DVD and Blu-ray.
During this time, Sting became a true multi-instrumentalist - he played bass, keyboards, and saxophone.