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Definition: Sting from The Macquarie Dictionary

(Gordon Sumner)

born 1951, British pop singer, songwriter and environmental activist; leader of the group The Police in the 1980s before solo career.


Summary Article: Sting (1951– )
from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

English pop singer, songwriter, bass player, and actor. As a member of the trio the Police (1977–86), he had UK No. 1 hits with ‘Message in a Bottle’ (1979), ‘Walking on the Moon’ (1979), and ‘Every Breath You Take’ (1983). In his solo career he has often drawn on jazz, as on the albums The Dream of Blue Turtles (1985), Nothing Like the Sun (1987), and The Soul Cages (1991). He was awarded a Kennedy Center Honor in 2014.

Emerging during the punk era, The Police were one of the first white pop groups to use a reggae-based sound. The song ‘Don't Stand So Close to Me’ was the best-selling single in the UK in 1980. In his solo work, Sting has continued to blend music styles from all over the world into a Western rock format. He won several Grammy Awards both with the Police and as a solo artist. Later albums include Brand New Day (1999), Sacred Love (2003), Songs from the Labyrinth (2006), a collection of classical recordings of music by John Dowland, and The Last Ship (2013), from the musical written by Sting of the same name.

He has also acted in several films, including Quadrophenia (1979), Brimstone and Treacle (1982), Dune (1984), and Stormy Monday (1988).

Sting has been a vocal spokesman for the preservation of the Amazon rainforests and the traditional way of life of the indigenous Indians.

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