Oct. 2nd, 1951
Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK
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Born Gordon Matthew Sumner in Wallsend, Northumberland. His mother was Audrey, and his father was Ernest. He received his name Sting from his striped sweater in which Gordon Solomon said that he looked like a bee.
Primarily a musician, he worked in the band The Police until 1984, when he went solo. Before his music career he was a ditch digger, a schoolteacher who taught English and a soccer coach. He received an honorary Doctorate of Music degree from Northumbria University in October 1992, and from Berklee College of Music in May 1994. He plays guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, piano, harmonica, saxophone and pan-flute, and he gave a name to his bass (Brian). Along with his wife Trudie Styler and a Brazilian Indian, he started the Rainforest Foundation in 1989 to help save the rainforests.
- His song "Roxanne" is one of the top 50 bar/jukebox songs of all time, according to VH-1.
- Former son-in-law of actor-writer 'Joseph Tomelty' (qv)
- 'The Police' (qv) ended their last tour in early 1984 and only regrouped to play a few benefit dates in 1986. Their last performance to date was March 10, 2003 at their Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction. They have never announced an official breakup.
- The 2005 winning horse of the Kentucky Derby, Giacomo, is named after Sting and Trudie's son of the same name. The owner of the horse, Jerry Moss, is good friends with Sting and recorded him on A&M Records.
- Was a certified primary school teacher in England. He also taught English in a secondary school in Cramlington near Newcastle.
- His album "Nothing Like The Sun" won the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Album in 1988.
- His eldest daughter is actress 'Fuschia Sumner' (qv).
- One of his children suffers from dyspraxia - a developmental disorder of the brain in childhood affecting movement and coordination