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Sting was the driving force in one of rock's most successful ever bands, The Police, and their unique sound, combining rock and reggae, made them arguably the first really successful artists to embrace what is now called 'world music'.

Born in Wallsend, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England in 1951, and real name Gordon Matthew Sumner, Sting first really got 'into' music after watching The Jimi Hendrix Experience on the legendary British TV chart music show, 'Top Of The Pops', in 1966. Hooked by Hendrix's magnetism, the boy who would be Sting sneaked in, underage, to see him at a club, and recalled that it was an "overwhelming deafening wave of sound." Sumner learnt to impress people by playing 'Purple Haze', though began his career playing in jazz bands.

A former schoolteacher, Sting is one of the more eloquent and compassionate of rock stars, whether it's campaigning to save rainforests, helping to erase poverty, or getting Bart Simpson out of a well! Not many rock stars have had a tree frog named after them either - in Sting's case, Hyla stingi Kaplan, in 1994, for his environmental work. Also a CBE and OBE, it's being named after a tree frog which really means something!

Sting has topped 100 million sales, when you include records shifted with The Police and as a solo artist. His 'Every Breath You Take' is one of the classic songs of the rock era, and other outstanding songs he's written include 'Fields Of Gold', which can already be called a standard.

- Paul Rance/

Sting Solo Albums Discography
(and complete list of UK and US chart positions)

1985 The Dream Of The Blue Turtles #3 UK, #2 US
1986 Bring On The Night #16 UK
1987 Nothing Like The Sun #1 UK, #9 US
1988 Nada Como El Sol
1991 Soul Cages #1 UK, #2 US
1993 Ten Summoner's Tales #2 UK, #2 US
1994 Fields Of Gold: The Best Of Sting 1984-1994 #2 UK, #7 US
1996 Mercury Falling #4 UK, #5 US
1999 Brand New Day #5 UK, #9 US
2001 All This Time (live) #3 UK, #32 US
2003 Sacred Love #3 UK, #3 US

Sting's Official Website

Selected Sting DVDs available from

Selected Sting DVDs available from

Sting - Bring On The Night DVD
Sting - Bring On The Night

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Bring On The Night

Sting - All This Time [2001] DVD
Sting - All This Time [2001]

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Sting - All This Time

Sting's autobiography available from

Sting's autobiography available from

Sting autobiography Broken Music
Broken Music

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Broken Music

"I pore over Beatles albums with the same obsessive and forensic scrutiny that I'd applied to Rodgers and Hammerstein, only now I have a guitar. I have an instrument that can reproduce the practical magic of the chord structures and the network of riffs that their songs are built on. And what songs, one after the other, album after album. I learn to play them all, confident that if I persevere, what I can't play immediately will yield its secret eventually. I will reapply the needle of the record player again and again to the bars of music that seem beyond my analysis, like a safecracker picking a lock, until the prize is mine. No school subject ever occupies as much of my time or energy. I'm not claiming that any kind of prescience about the future was at work here, but there was something in the driven and compulsive nature of this obsession that was unusual, something in the unconscious saying, 'This is how you escape.' 'This is how you escape.'"

Selected Sting related CDs available from

Selected Sting related CDs available from

The Very Best of Sting and the Police
The Very Best of Sting and the Police

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The Very Best of... Sting & the Police

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Fields of Gold

Sting - Fields of Gold
Fields of Gold

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