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.
- In an interview in the late 90s, said he liked some American Country music, mentioning 'Hank Williams (I)' (qv) and "Gentleman" 'Jim Reeves (I)' (qv) as two of his favorites.
- Winner of the 1994 Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist.
- Now resides in a Malibu house formerly owned by actor Larry Hagman.
- Attended Warwick University in Coventry, England but never graduated.
- His favorite music is actually jazz.
- One of his children suffers from dyspraxia - a developmental disorder of the brain in childhood affecting movement and coordination
- His song "Roxanne" is one of the top 50 bar/jukebox songs of all time, according to VH-1.
- Is the godfather of 'Madonna' (qv)'s new born, Rocco.