Gordon Sumner, who is known to the world as Sting, was born in Newcastle upon Tyne on 2 October 1951. Even though Sting has tried himself in many professions, he is most famous for his music career, which he started with The Police and continued solo. Gordon writes lyrics for his songs, appears on the big screen, and fights for human rights.
Sumner grew up in a Catholic family and attended a Catholic school. He loved music since childhood. Little Gordon was a big fan of The Beatles and loved John Coltrane’s jazz. Even though Sumner enjoyed music, he went to college to become a teacher. After graduation, he worked as a schoolteacher for two years.
In his free time, the artist performed in the local clubs together with jazz musicians. Gordon got his pseudonym during one of the music sessions for his sweater with black and yellow stripes, which reminded everyone of a bee. “Sting” stuck and became Sumner’s pseudonym for many years to come.
In 1977, Sting finally made a decision to devote his life to music. He moved to London and met Stewart Copeland and Henry Padovani. The three musicians formed a band called The Police. A short while later, Padovani was replaced by Andy Summers.