Sting pulled off both a band and a solo career!
Sting is an English musician who, prior to his solo career, had a band called The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers.
Including his songs with The Police, Sting has had many hits including Roxanne, Every Breath You Take, Fragile, Englishman In New York, So Lonely, Shape Of My Heart, Fields Of Gold, It’s Probably Me, Seven Days, and Message In A Bottle.
Stings have also appeared on a seemingly endless amount of albums by, for example, Les Paul, Melody Gardot, Shaggy, Ricky Martin, All Saints, Sheryl Crow, James Taylor, Tony Bennet, Sam Moore, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Black Eyed Peas, Craig David, Tina Turner, Phil Collins and perhaps most famously Dire Straits where he contributed on backing vocals on their smash hit Money For Nothing.
Awards, sales, and recognitions
Including his sales with The Police, Sting has sold over 100 million records.
His awards include seventeen Grammies, three Brit’s, one Golden Globe, and an Emmy as well as four Oscar nominations.
As we reached a new millennium, the recognition’s started to come in.
Starting with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame (2000), included in the Songwriters Hall Of Fame (2002), Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (2003), a CBE from Queen Elisabeth II (2004), Kennedy Center Honoree (2014) and a Polar Prize (2017).
On the greatest of all-time lists by magazines, he was named #62 on Paste’s 100 Best Living Songwriters. #63 on VH1’s 100 greatest artists of rock and #80 on Q’s Greatest Musical Stars of the 20th Century.
His latest release 44/876, is a collaboration with Shaggy. Of course, he won yet another Grammy in 2019 for it.
Roxanne – Chords
Roxanne’s verse progression descends which cleverly supports the lyrical attempt to stop Roxanne from selling her body under the red light.
The bridge/pre-chorus employ the II – V – VI progression which set us up for the very common I – IV – V chorus progression.
Go to Roxanne chords.
Roxanne – Lyrics
Roxanne, you don’t have to put on the red light,
those days are over, you don’t have to sell your body to the night.
Roxanne, you don’t have to wear that dress tonight, walk the streets for money,
you don’t care if it’s wrong or if it’s right.
Go to Roxanne lyrics.
The Police – Biography
The Police was a New Wave band from England comprising of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland.
Unusually, it was Stewart’s father, Miles Copeland III who managed the band and later, Sting’s solo career.
Go to The Police biography.