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.
How Sting's 'Russians' Inspired Christopher Nolan's 'Oppenheimer'
Filmmaker and friends were "absolutely convinced that we were going to experience a nuclear war at some point in our lives."
Oppenheimer Songs: How Sting and Rush Expressed Cold War Fears
Scientist called the "father of the atomic bomb" has been name-checked in a handful of songs over the years.
The Police's 'Synchronicity': 40 Facts You May Not Know
How fist fights, roadies, James Bond, classical music and Beatles producer George Martin helped to create one of the biggest albums of the '80s.
The Police's 'Synchronicity' at 40: The Story Behind Every Song
The band's last album was also their best.
Sting Adds More Dates to My Songs 2023 North American Tour
He'll tour the U.S. and Canada throughout September and October.
Diddy Was Joking About Paying Sting $5K Daily for Police Sample
The rocker has still made plenty of money off "I'll Be Missing You."