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A former school teacher, Gordon Sumner gave it all up to become lead singer for jazz band Last Exit in 1974, before forming The Police in 1977 and enjoying success up to their split in 1983. He had to wait until 1985 before he released his first solo album 'Dream of the Blue Turtles', bringing in a number of noted musicians on tracks like 'Moon Over Bourbon Street'. 'Dream of the Blue Turtles' hit the top three in both the UK and US making a name for solo Sting on both sides of the Atlantic.

His next effort 'Nothing Like the Sun' in 1987 saw the singer in a more introspective mood on tracks like 'An Englishman in New York' and 'Fragile'. He hit number one with 'The Soul Cages' in 1991 and enjoyed success with the more uplifting 'Ten Summoner's Tales' in 1993 which included two of his best known singles 'If I Ever Lose My Faith in You' and 'Fields of Gold'. Sting continued to release pop-oriented fare with 1996's 'Mercury Falling' and 1999's Grammy Award-winning 'Brand New Day'. The less conventional 'Sacred Love' came in 2003 along with a brief reunion with The Police before his lute-inspired 'If On a Winter's Day' in 2009.

In 2010 he embarked on his Symphonicity Tour performing his music with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra around the world. The tour was turned into a studio album which charted at number six on the Billboard 200. While touring and performing with other artists, Sting began working on a stage musical loosely based on his childhood and upbringing in the north of England. 'The Last Ship' tells the story of the shipbuilding industry in the town of Wallsend where Sting grew up watching the workers walk back and forth to work. The musical debuted in Chicago before moving to Broadway in 2014. He released an album of the play's music also titled 'The Last Ship' before bringing it back to its roots performing at Northern Stage in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 2018. At this same time he began an unusual working relationship with rapper and musician Shaggy. The pair released their first collaborative album '44/876' in 2018 and they set out as a duo to market their new music.

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