Sting(1951-), Musician, singer and actor; member of The Police
Sting (Gordon Matthew Sumner)
Sitter in 8 portraits
Born in Wallsend, near Newcastle upon Tyne, Gordon Sumner adopted the stage name Sting early in his career while performing with the Phoenix Jazzmen. He moved to London in 1977 and formed the band The Police, as lead singer, bassist and principal composer. The band won six Grammy Awards in the early 1980s, and achieved chart success with tracks including Walking on the Moon (1979), Don't Stand So Close to Me (1980), and Every Breath You Take (1983). Since 1984 Sting has collaborated with many other musicians and campaigned on ecological issues.
by Terry O'Neill
bromide fibre print, 1983
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