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Gordon Matthew Thomes Sumner is better known by his stage name Sting and was born October 2nd, 1951. Growing up in Wellsend, England Sting used to sneak into the nightclubs to catch acts like Cream and Jimi Hendrix. Sting got his name while playing in different jazz bands on and off. One night he was wearing a black and yellow striped sweater and the bandleader thought it made him look like a bee. After working an assortment of different jobs like bus driver, tax officer, and teacher, Sting moved to London in January of 1977. It was around this time that he met up with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers to form the Police. The initial sound of the band was very punk inspired, but soon switched to a more reggae-rock style. The band has released five extremely successful albums and have won a total of six Grammy awards. In September of 1981, Sting made his first solo appearance while performing at The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball which was a charity event to raise money for human rights organization Amnesty International. This is where Sting got his start in humanitarian work and would later be made Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Sting has released eleven solo albums, has won 16 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and several Ocsar nominations.
Celebrate the career of Sting today with us today at 5pm for Throwback Thursday only on 88.9 WERS.
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