Who is Gordon Summers?
Sting, born as Gordon Sumner, is an English singer, songwriter and philanthropist best known as the lead sing of the group called, The Police, as we celebrate his birthday today on October 2nd.
How did Gordon Summers arrive at his stage name Sting?
Born Gordon Matthew Summer on October 2, 1951, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, Sting first rose to fame as part of the legendary rock group The Police. He earned his unusual nickname from the black and yellow sweater that reminded him of a bee, which he used to wear during his early days as a musician.
Sting was the eldest of four children, his mother Audrey, who was a hairdresser, and Ernest Matthew Sumner, a milkman and engineer.
He grew up near Wallsend’s shipyards, which made an impression on him. He helped his father deliver milk and by ten was “obsessed” with an old Spanish guitar left by an emigrating friend of his father.
Sting performed jazz in the evening, weekends and during breaks from college and teaching. He played with the Phoenix Jazzmen, Newcastle Big Band, but it wasn’t very long that this young man’s talent would take very far in his career.
In January 1977, Sting moved from Newcastle to London and joined Stewart Copeland and Henry Padovani (soon replaced by Andy Summers) to form The Police. From 1978 to 1983 they had five UK chart-topping albums, won six Grammy Awards, and two Brit Awards; for Best British Group, and for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
Today’s YouTube video presentation is from user name, (messerify) in this beautiful slide show with Sting singing his solo hit, “Fields of Gold.”
In September 1981, Sting made his first live solo appearance, on all four nights of the fourth Amnesty International benefit.
His 1991 album, The Soul Cages was dedicated to his father, who had died.
Sting had shown his interest in social and political issues in his 1980 song “Driven to Tears,” an indictment of apathy to world hunger. He took part in Bob Geldof’s “Feed the World” project in December 1984 and sang on “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” which led to the Live Aid concert in July 1985 at Wembley Stadium, in which Sting performed with Phil Collins and Dire Straits.
As we remember today’s day to remember how on, October 2, 1951 as we celebrate Sting’s birthday today.
I encourage you to find, a song from Sting that resonates with you, and share it with someone you know as we celebrate his birthday today.
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