Happy 63rd Birthday to Sting! Born Gordon Sumner in Wallsend, England, he was drawn to music as a child. By the age of 25, he was working as a schoolteacher and started playing with jazz bands. Because he often wore a black and yellow striped shirt that reminded his bandmates of a bee, one of them nicknamed him “Sting.” Within a few years, Sting had started a little band called The Police. Although they were only together from 1977 to 1983, The Police earned six Grammys, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and have become one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time with over 75 million records sold. Sting has enjoyed a diverse and successful solo career since the early 1980s.
TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION
Sting has acted in several films, perhaps most infamously is 1984’s sci-fi fantasy Dune. The film was directed by David Lynch, but what actor/director considered directing it at one point?
a) Robert Redford
b) Jack Nicholson
c) Woody Allen
d) Clint Eastwood
CLIPS OF THE DAY
Enjoy today’s earworm as The Police perform “Message in a Bottle.”
Sting’s most recent endeavor is a musical called The Last Ship, currently on Broadway. Here he is performing on this year’s Tony awards.
DID YOU KNOW…
Sting takes in an average of $2000.00 per day in royalties for this now 20 year old song "Every Breath You Take." The song is officially the most requested radio song of all time.
DID YOU ALSO KNOW…
Sting is godfather to Madonna’s son, Rocco Ritchie.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
The geniuses of music, like Bach and Miles Davis, used silence beautifully; they were not about using as many notes as possible. They knew that playing almost nothing can be the most elegant and eloquent thing to do.
b) Jack Nicholson