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My favorite Singer – S T I N G

Born 2 October 1951, in Wallsend, north-east England, Gordon Sumner’s
life started to change the evening a Phoenix Jazzmen bandmate caught
sight of his black and yellow hooped sweater and decided to re-christen
him Sting. Always a muso, Sting paid his early dues playing bass with
local outfits the Newcastle Big Band, The Phoenix Jazzmen, Earthrise and
Last Exit, the latter featuring his first efforts at songwriting. Last
Exit were big in the North East, but their jazz fusion was doomed to
fail when 1976’s punk rock exploded onto the scene. Curved Air drummer,
Stewart Copeland, saw Last Exit and whilst the music did nothing for him
he recognised the potential and personality of the bass player. Within
months, Sting, first wife actress Frances Tomelty, and infant son, Joe,
were tempted into moving to London.

Seeing punk as flag of convenience, Copeland and Sting together with
Corsican Henri Padovani on guitar started rehearsing and looking for
gigs. Ever the businessman, Copeland took the name The Police figuring
it would be good publicity, and the three started gigging round venues
like The Roxy, Marquee and Nashville. Ejecting the inept Padovani for
the proven talents of Andy Summers’ the band also enrolled Stewart’s
older brother, Miles, as manager, wowing him with a Sting song called
Roxanne. Days later, Copeland had them a record deal. The London press
hated the Police seeing through their punk camouflage, and their early
releases had no chart success. Instead The Police did the unthinkable -
they went to America. The early tours are the stuff of legend - flight’s
courtesy of Laker’s Skytrain, humping their own equipment from gig to
gig, and playing to miniscule audiences at the likes of CBGB’s and The
Rat Club. Their bottle paid off as they slowly built a loyal following,
the audiences being won over with the bands combination of new wave
toughness and laid back white-reggae.

They certainly made an odd trio with veteran guitarman Summers having a
history dating back to the mid-60s, the hyper-kinetic Copeland had been
a prog-rocker, and Sting with his love of jazz. The sound the trio made
was unique though, and Sting’s pin-up looks did them no harm at all.
Returning to the UK, where the now reissued Roxanne was charting, the
band played a sell-out tour of mid-size venues. The momentum had
started. Their debut album Outlandos d’Amour (Oct 78) delivered three
hits with Roxanne, Can’t Stand Losing You and So Lonely, leading to a
headlining slot at the ’79 Reading Festival, but it was with Reggatta de
Blanc (Oct 79) that they stepped up a gear. The first single, Message In
A Bottle, streaked to number one and the album’s success was
consolidated further when Walking On The Moon also hit the top slot. The
band was big, but about to get even bigger. 1980 saw them undertake a
mammoth world tour with stops on all continents - including the first
rock concerts in Bombay - and the band eventually returned, exhausted,
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