Sting's Interesting Facts

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1 A recipient of the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors. Other recipients this year were Al Green, Tom Hanks, Patricia McBride, and Lily Tomlin.
2 Amstel Hotel - Amsterdam - The Netherlands for two shows in the Amsterdam Arena. [September 2007]
3 Reuniting with his former band mates of The Police and embarking on a worldwide tour. [February 2007]
4 Release of his book, "Lyrics". [October 2007]
5 Attended Princess Diana's funeral in 1997.
6 Ex-brother-in-law of Roma Tomelty.
7 Lives in London (UK), Lake Wilshire, Malibu (California) and Figline Valdarno (Tuscany, Italy).
8 The 2009 Sunday Times List estimated his net worth at $295 million.
9 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
10 Former bus conductor and tax officer.
11 Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, founded the Rainforest Foundation in 1988.
12 Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.
13 Ranked #63 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.
14 Ranked #9 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
15 Two of the songs he sang with The Police are also the titles of films starring Sandra Bullock: Demolition Man (1993) and Murder by Numbers (2002).
16 Reunited with his former band-mates and performed at the 2007 Grammy Awards. The next day, The Police announced a worldwide tour in 2007, the first tour since 1986.
17 The 2005 winning horse of the Kentucky Derby, Giacomo, is named after Sting and Trudie's son of the same name. The owner of the horse, Jerry Moss, is good friends with Sting and recorded him on A&M Records.
18 Winner of the 2002 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution. Only Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Freddie Mercury have also won the award as a member of a band and as an individual.
19 Winner of the 1994 Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist.
20 Winner of the 2002 Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement.
21 His album "Nothing Like The Sun" won the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Album in 1988.
22 The Police won the British Phonographic Industry Award for Outstanding Contribution in 1985.
23 He is a vegetarian.
24 His eldest daughter is actress Fuschia Sumner.
25 Winner of several Grammy Awards beginning with: "Reggatta De Blanc" (Best Rock Instrumental Performance / The Police) (1980); "Behind My Camel" (Best Rock Instrumental Performance / The Police) (1981); "Don't Stand So Close to Me" (Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal / The Police) (1981); "Brimstone and Treacle" (Best Rock Instrumental Performance / solo) (1983); "Synchronicity" (Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal / The Police) (1983); "Every Breath You Take" (Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal / Song of the Year / The Police) (1983); "Bring On the Night" (Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male / solo) (1987); "Soul Cages" (Best Rock Song / solo) (1991); "Ten Summoner's Tales" (Best Music Video-Long Form / solo) (1993); "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" (Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male / solo) (1993); "Brand New Day" (Best Pop Album / Best Male Pop Vocal Performance / solo) (1999); "She Walks This Earth (Soberana Rosa)" (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance / solo) (2000); "Whenever I Say Your Name" (Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals / with Mary J. Blige) (2003)
26 In an interview in the late 90s, said he liked some American Country music, mentioning Hank Williams and "Gentleman" Jim Reeves as two of his favorites.
27 One of his children suffers from dyspraxia - a developmental disorder of the brain in childhood affecting movement and coordination
28 Attended St. Cuthbert's Catholic High School in Newcastle although, at the time he went, it was a Catholic grammar school. Other students have included TV presenter Declan Donnelly, Pet Shop Boys lead singer Neil Tennant, British Prisoner-of-War and journalist John Nichol as well as renowned architect Terry Farrell who designed the MI6 building overlooking the River Thames in London.
29 He is an avid Newcastle United supporter.
30 Former son-in-law of actor-writer Joseph Tomelty
31 Along with Trudie Styler, he introduced Madonna to her second husband Guy Ritchie
32 His album with The Police, "Synchronicity", was the album that finally knocked Michael Jackson's "Thriller", the best selling album of all time, out of the number one spot it held for most of 1983.
33 His song "Roxanne" is one of the top 50 bar/jukebox songs of all time, according to VH-1.
34 The Police ended their last tour in early 1984 and only regrouped to play a few benefit dates in 1986. Their last performance to date was March 10, 2003 at their Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction. They have never announced an official breakup.
35 Wrote "Every Breath You Take" after waking up in the middle of the night from a dream.
36 The comic book character of "John Constantine" ("Hellblazer"), eventually featured in the Keanu Reeves movie, The Matrix (1999), was designed to look like Sting, and, in fact, was created solely for the purpose of including a character who looks like Sting in the Swamp Thing comic. In one Swamp Thing issue, there's a boat called the "USS Gordon Sumner".
37 The Police were voted the 70th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artists of all time by Rolling Stone.
38 Is a big fan of "Richard Laymer, the Copy Guy," a popular character created by Rob Schneider for Saturday Night Live (1975). Sting was the first SNL host/musical guest to appear in a "Copy Guy" sketch; he later wrote the cast and crew a letter from "Sting. The Stingster. Der Stinglehoffer. Sting-a-ling-a-ding-dong. Sting-o. The Stingman."
39 Performed for the BBC's annual Children in Need charity event. [November 2003]
40 His song "Roxanne" was covered by George Michael on the album "Songs from the Last Century".
41 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.
42 Now resides in a Malibu house formerly owned by actor Larry Hagman.
43 He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Music.
44 He was a member of Band Aid (1984).
45 Filmed his son Jake Sumner's birth and put it in his movie, Bring on the Night (1985).
46 Children: Joseph Sumner (b. 23 November 1976) and Fuschia Sumner (b. 17 April 1982) by Frances Tomelty; Mickey Sumner (b. 19 January 1984), Jake Sumner (b. 24 May 1985), Coco Sumner (b. 30 July 1990) and Giacomo Sumner (b. 17 December 1995) by Trudie Styler.
47 Album "Nothing Like the Sun" is dedicated to his mother, Audrey.
48 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Police) on 10 March 2003.
49 The comic book character John Constantine from DC's Hellblazer was designed to look like Sting.
50 Godfather of Madonna's newborn son, Rocco Ritchie.
51 Son, Joseph Sumner, is a singer in a band and bears a striking resemblance to Sting. Joe's singing sounds similar to his father's as well.
52 Attended Warwick University in Coventry, England but never graduated.
53 Sting appeared in Threepenny Opera in Washington, D.C. in the 1980s.
54 Got his nickname "Sting" from the black and gold rugby shirts he used to wear, which made him look like a hornet.
55 Was a certified primary school teacher in England. He also taught English in St Paul's First School, a secondary school, in Cramlington near Newcastle.
56 His favorite music is actually jazz.
57 Bass player and lead singer for influential 70s-80s new wave group The Police.
58 Lived with Trudie Styler for about 10 years before marrying her.
59 He has 6 children, two from his first wife Frances Tomelty, four from Trudie Styler.
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