The Police

Although the British rock band, The Police, were together for less than 10 years, the group enjoyed massive success and today, they are still regarded as one of the most influential groups of the 1970s.

Origins

The Police formed in 1977, with Sting on lead vocals, Andy Summers on guitar, and Stewart Copeland on drums. Even before the line-up was decided, the group was always going to be called The Police, although nobody seems to know the reason why.

The band released their first album in 1978, entitled Outlandos d'Amour, spawning hits such as Can't Stand Losing You and Roxanne. Their following 1979 album, Reggatta de Blanc, gave the band their first of five consecutive number one albums in the UK, as well as their first number one single, Message in a Bottle.

The group went on to enjoy UK number one hits with Walking on the Moon, Don't Stand So Close to Me, Every Little Thing She Does is Magic and Every Breath You Take.

The song Don't Stand So Close To Me is said to refer to a school girl's crush on her teacher, which leads to an affair. Despite Sting previously working as a teacher, he is adamant that the song is not inspired by any of his own experiences.

Success

With 26 single releases, five studio albums, two live albums, seven compilation albums and four soundtrack albums, The Police sold over 100 million records globally, earning them the title as one of the world's bestselling groups of all time.

To top this off, The Police went on to win six Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award. The band was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

Although The Police split up in 1986, each member of the band went on to have successful careers in music.

Much to the excitement of the many adoring fans, the band reunited for a one-off world tour in 2007.

Sting

Sting is arguably the most famous member of the band, having enjoyed a fruitful solo career, earning himself an impressive clutch of awards. His foray into acting also saw him become a much-respected film star, with parts in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and Stormy Monday, for example. Incidentally, Sting acquired his moniker because he used to regularly wear a jumper that was black and yellow, reminiscent of a bee.

In fact, Sting has enjoyed a varied career. Before he became famous he worked as a football coach and a teacher. He graduated as a teacher in 1974, from Northern Counties College of Education (now Northumbria University).

Going by the name of Mr Sumner (Sting's real name is Gordon Sumner), he taught English at St. Paul's secondary school in Cramlington, near Newcastle, for a couple of years. He also taught at St. Catherine's Convent school, where he remembers being the only male teacher there at that time. He was also certified to teach at primary school level.

Sting once admitted in an interview that he was probably only good at inspiring kids in topics he was most interested in, such as music, football and poetry.

Despite his successful musical career, Sting describes his role in teaching as one of the most important points in his career, recognising how vital education is for shaping future generations.

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