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Sting

Mostly Credited As: Sting
Birth Name: Gordon Matthew Sumner
Date Of Birth: October 02, 1951 (Age 63)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Height: 6' (1.82 m)

Sting


After disbanding the Police at the peak of their popularity in 1984, Sting quickly established himself as a viable solo artist, one obsessed with expanding the boundaries of pop music. Sting incorporated heavy elements of jazz, classical, and worldbeat into his music, writing lyrics that were literate and self-consciously meaningful, and he was never afraid to emphasize this fact in the press. For such unabashed ambition, he was equally loved and reviled, with supporters believing that he was at the forefront of literate, intelligent rock and his critics finding his entire body of work pompous. Either way, Sting remained one of pop's biggest superstars for the first ten years of his solo career, before his record sales began to slip.

Before the Police were officially disbanded, Sting began work on his first solo album late in 1984, rounding up a group of jazz musicians as a supporting band. Moving from bass to guitar, he recorded his solo debut, 1985's The Dream of the Blue Turtles, with Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, and Omar Hakim. The move wasn't entirely unexpected, since Sting had played with jazz and progressive rock bands in his youth, but the result was considerably more mature and diverse than any Police record. The album became a hit, with "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free," "Love Is the Seventh Wave," and "Fortress Around Your Heart" reaching the American Top Ten. Sting brought the band out on an extensive tour, which was captured on a documentary called Bring on the Night, which appeared in 1986, along with a live double album of the same name. That year, Sting participated in a half-hearted Police reunion that resulted in only one new song, a re-recorded version of "Don't Stand So Close to Me."

Following the aborted Police reunion, Sting began working on the ambitious Nothing Like the Sun, which was dedicated to his recently deceased mother. Working from a jazz foundation, and again collaborating with Marsalis, Sting worked with a number of different musicians on the album, including Gil Evans and former Police guitarist Andy Summers. The album received generally positive reviews upon its release in late 1987, and it generated hit singles with "We'll Be Together" and "They Dance Alone." Following its release, Sting began actively campaigning for Amnesty International and environmentalism, establishing the Rainforest Foundation, which was designed to raise awareness about preserving the Brazilian rainforest. An abridged Spanish version of Nothing Like the Sun, Nada Como el Sol, was released in 1988.

Sting took several years to deliver the follow-up to Nothing Like the Sun, during which time he appeared in a failed Broadway revival of The Threepenny Opera in 1989. His father also died, which inspired 1991's The Soul Cages, a dense, dark, and complex album. Although the album peaked at number two and spawned the Top Ten hit "All This Time," the record was less successful than its predecessor. Two years later, he delivered Ten Summoner's Tales, a light, pop-oriented record that became a hit on the strength of two Top 20 singles, "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" and "Fields of Gold." At the end of 1993, "All for Love," a song he recorded with Rod Stewart and Bryan Adams for The Three Musketeers, became a number one hit. The single confirmed that Sting's audience had shifted from new wave/college rock fans to adult contemporary, and the 1994 compilation Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting played to that audience.

Three years after Ten Summoner's Tales, Sting released Mercury Falling in the spring of 1996. Although the album debuted highly, it quickly fell down the charts, stalling at platinum sales and failing to generate a hit single. While the album failed, Sting remained a popular concert attraction, confirming his immense popularity. Brand New Day, which followed in 1999, turned his commercial fortunes around in a big way, and 2003's Sacred Love did well also.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Sting - Live in Berlin (2014)As: Himself
Stevie Wonder with Friends: Celebrating a Message of Peace (2013)As: Himself
The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2001)As: Himself (Singer 2003)
Live Aid (1985)As: Himself
Episode Cast Credits 

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) 
  Sting, Jason Schwartzman, a performance from "The Last Ship" 01x147: (Oct/16/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Great North Run (1981) 
  Great North Run 2014 (2) 01x38: (Sep/07/2014) As Himself (Performer), [Musical Guests]

The Colbert Report (2005) 
  Sting 10x90: (Apr/10/2014) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

Wetten, dass..? (1981) 
  Halle (Saale) (3) 33x04: (Nov/09/2013) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) 
  Ashton Kutcher, Jose Andres, Sting 11x43: (Nov/06/2013) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Howie Mandel, Chris Brown, Jan Silva 04x19: (Sep/28/2006) As Himself 
  Robert Downey Jr., Sting, Kate Walsh 04x18: (Sep/27/2006) As Himself 

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  September 25, 2013 14x268: (Sep/25/2013) As Himself 

The One Show (2006) 
  September 13, 2013 08x29: (Sep/13/2013) As Himself 
  November 2, 2009 04x85: (Nov/02/2009) As Himself 

Daybreak (2010) 
  October 24, 2011 02x36: (Oct/24/2011) As Himself 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Brian Williams, Sting 19x18: (Oct/03/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Samuel L. Jackson, Sting 12x146: (May/13/2005) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Viggo Mortensen, Sting, Bill Murray 11x105: (Mar/04/2004) As Himself 
  Jack Hanna, Peter Fonda, Sting 07x24: (Oct/08/1999) As Himself 

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (1996) 
  Sting 15x152: (Dec/01/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]

GMTV (1993) 
  July 12, 2010 18x193: (Jul/12/2010) As Himself 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Chris Rock, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Sting 18x66: (Jun/08/2010) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Keanu Reeves, Sting, Mary J. Blige 12x58: (Dec/11/2003) As Himself 
  Russell Crowe, Sting, Roger Ebert & Richard Roeper 10x113: (Dec/13/2001) As Himself 

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  After the Academy Awards 08x37: (Mar/07/2010) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Sting 03x39: (Mar/25/2005) As Himself 

The Simpsons (1989) 
  The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special - In 3-D! On Ice! (Jan/10/2010) As Himself 
  Radio Bart 03x13: (Jan/09/1992) Voiced  Himself 

Live with Kelly & Michael (1983) 
  Kate Beckinsale, Sting, guest co-host Christian Slater 28x65: (Dec/04/2009) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Sacha Baron Cohen, Sting and "Amazing Race" Castoffs 25x46: (Nov/06/2006) As Himself 

This Morning (1988) 
  November 4, 2009 22x47: (Nov/04/2009) As Himself 

The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2007) 
  Series 5, Episode 28 05x28: (Nov/04/2009) As Himself 

VH1 Rock Docs (2006) 
  Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who 02x09: (Nov/02/2007) As Himself 

Great Performances (1974) 
  Sting: Songs from the Labyrinth 34x06: (Feb/26/2007) As Himself 

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006) 
  The Long Lead Story 01x05: (Oct/16/2006) As Himself 

CBS News Sunday Morning (1979) 
  Color Us Green 29x07: (Oct/15/2006) As Himself 

Today (US) (1952) 
  Sting, Sandra Bullock, Suzanne Somers 56x27: (Oct/10/2006) As Himself 

The Andrew Marr Show (2005) 
  8 October, 2006 02x06: (Oct/08/2006) As Himself 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  John McEnroe, Sting 11x140: (Jul/08/2004) As Himself 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 76th Annual Academy Awards 52x01: (Feb/29/2004) As Presenter, [Featuring]
  The 74th Annual Academy Awards 50x01: (Mar/24/2002) As Himself ("Until"), [Musical Guests]
  The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 49x01: (Mar/25/2001) As Himself ("My Funny Friend and Me"), [Musical Guests]

Billboard Music Awards (1990) 
  14th Billboard Music Awards 14x01: (Dec/10/2003) As Billboard Century Award 

Parkinson (1998) (1998) 
  Sarah Ferguson, Eddie Izzard, Sting, Gwyneth Paltrow 10x09: (Nov/22/2003) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Billy Connolly, Sting 02x15: (Dec/17/1999) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001) 
  Kate Beckinsale, Sting, Lee Evans 05x02: (Sep/19/2003) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Top of The Pops 2 (1994) 
  April 23, 2003 09x66: (Apr/23/2003) As Himself 

Super Bowl (1967) 
  Super Bowl XXXVII 37x01: (Jan/26/2003) As Himself (Halftime Show), [Musical Guests]

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 59x01: (Jan/20/2002) As Winner: Best Original Song (for "Until..." from 'Kate & Leopold') 

MADtv (1995) 
  Episode #710 07x10: (Dec/15/2001) As Himself, [Uncredited]
  Episode #522 05x22: (Apr/29/2000) As Himself 

Ally McBeal (1997) 
  Cloudy Skies, Chance of Parade 04x20: (Apr/30/2001) As Himself 

Behind The Music (1997) 
  The Police 03x29: (Apr/23/2000) As Himself 
  Sting 03x08: (Sep/26/1999) As Himself 

The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999) 
  2/3/2000 02x07: (Feb/03/2000) As Himself 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Jennifer Aniston/Sting 25x06: (Nov/20/1999) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Sting/Veruca Salt 22x15: (Mar/15/1997) As Himself (Host) 
  Elle MacPherson/Sting 21x14: (Feb/24/1996) As Himself, [Musical Guests]
  Bill Murray/Sting 18x14: (Feb/20/1993) As Himself, [Musical Guests]

TFI Friday (1996) 
  Jamiroquai, Tom Jones, Sting, Space 05x01: (Sep/10/1999) As Himself 
  Dale Winton, Denise Van Outen, Space, Sting, Morrissey 03x15: (Dec/19/1997) As Himself 
  Stephen Fry, Sting, Barry Manilow, Sheryl Crow, Suede 02x11: (Nov/22/1996) As Himself 
  Divine Brown, Keith Floyd, Bob Hoskins 01x17: (Jun/21/1996) As Himself 

Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990) 
  Scorched Earth 02x23: (Mar/14/1992) Voiced  Zarm, [Featuring]
  Summit to Save Earth (2) 02x18: (Feb/15/1992) Voiced  Zarm, [Featuring]
  Summit to Save Earth (1) 02x17: (Feb/08/1992) Voiced  Zarm, [Featuring]
  The Conqueror 01x06: (Oct/20/1990) Voiced  Zarm, [Featuring]

MTV Unplugged (1989) 
  Sting 02x04: (Apr/10/1991) As Himself 

AL-TV (0) 
  Even Worse 01x05: (Apr/20/1988) As Himself 
  Al Music - Alapalooza (Unknown/Unaired) As Himself 

Soul Train (1971) 
  LL Cool J/ Me'lisa Morgan/ Sting 17x10: (Nov/21/1987) As Himself 

Late Night With David Letterman (1982) 
  821011 01x11: (Oct/11/1982) As Himself 
Featured Songs

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Songs:
The Long Lead Story + Come Again
+ Fields of Gold 
The Sopranos Songs:
Full Leather Jacket + Fields of Gold 
The Sopranos + I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying 
21 Jump Street Songs:
Back from the Future + Fragile 
Come from the Shadows + Fragile
+ They Dance Alone 
Oud geld Songs:
Sans racune + Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot 
Melrose Place (1992) Songs:
Dead Sisters Walking (1) + Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot 
They Shoot Mothers, Don't They? (2) + When We Dance 
The Bitch Is Back + Shape of My Heart 
Super Bowl Songs:
Super Bowl XXXVII + Message in a Bottle 
Super Bowl XXXV  
Alias Songs:
The Confession + Someone to Watch Over Me 
Doctor Who Confidential Songs:
Stage Fright + The Battle Galliard 
The Colbert Report Songs:
Sting + The Last Ship 
Trivia

Is known mostly as Sting but his wife still calls him by his birth name, Gordon.

Participated in Band-Aid and Live-Aid.

His album, A Brand New Day, went triple platinum.

Both of his parents died from cancer, but attended neither of the funerals. He said he didn't want the media to create any 'disrespect'.

Has a Colombian tree frog named after him (Dendropsophus stingi).

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