Born Gordon Sumner in 1951, Sting helped make the Police one of the most vital bands of the late '70s and early '80s, combining jazz, pop, rock, prog, reggae and punk for a sound that was decidedly their own. By 1985, the Police were history and Sting launched a solo career that scored a No. 3 single ('If You Love Somebody Set Them Free') and a No. 2 album ('The Dream of the Blue Turtles') right off the bat. He's since reached the Top 10 many more times over the next two decades, including singing on Dire Straits' massive hit 'Money for Nothing.' His records have followed the Police's course of challenging, genre-hopping music. After starring in movies like 'Quadrophenia' and 'Dune' over the years, Sting -- who got his nickname from the yellow and black bee-like jersey he wore -- wrote a Broadway musical, 'The Last Ship' in 2013.
When Sting and Phil Collins Went Solo at Secret Policeman’s Ball
The 1981 charity shows marked significant steps in their respective careers.
Hear Sting's New Song 'If It's Love' From Upcoming Album
'The Bridge' LP will be released this fall.
Sting Claims an Italian Duke Tricked Him Into Buying a Vineyard
In response, the Duke's family calls the rocker's accusation “false, poisonous slander.”
Hear Sting Dissect How He Sings and Plays Bass Simultaneously
Exclusive clip previews 'Sting: Upon Reflection,' musician's upcoming installment of Audible's 'Words + Music' series.
The Police Song Sting Literally Tried to Bury in the Garden
Guitarist Andy Summers wrote the award-winning "Behind My Camel," but the frontman wasn't a fan.
How Sting Formed a Solo Persona With 'Bring on the Night'
Tapped to make a movie about getting a new band together, director Michael Apted captured something else instead.
Sting Pays Tribute to Late A&M Records Boss Bob Garcia
Executive was also involved in the careers of Joe Jackson, Procol Harum and Neil Young.
Is the Police’s ‘Don’t Stand So Close to Me’ Autobiographical?
The song's teacher-student romance remains a taboo subject.