An Englishman in New-York...
Sting, whose real name is Gordon Sumner, is an English singer-songwriter best known for having been the charismatic leader of the group Police. Artist who can boast of having won 16 Grammy Awards, 3 Brit Awards, 1 Golden Globe and 1 Emmy to date when he accumulates all the awards he has had, whether within the Police or during his career solo. But who can also boast of having sold no less than 200 million records since the very beginning of his career.
An artistic career that he did not embrace from the start since his first job was to teach. And it's only on weekends that he plays jazz musicians at local Newcastle clubs, especially with bands like the Phoenix Jazzmen. A group that will earn him his nickname of Sting because it is by wearing a sweater with yellow and black stripes in their likeness that he will be nicknamed so (in reference to the wasp).
It was in 1977 that his artistic career took precedence over that of teaching when he moved to London to form the Police group with Stewart Copeland and Henry Padovani (who was quickly replaced by Andy Summers). Group which from 1978 to 1983 produced no less than 5 major albums and a considerable number of top hits. In parallel with the Police adventure, he produced a first solo single "Spread a little happiness" in 1982, single that we see appear in the soundtrack of the film 'Brimstone & Treacle' and which meets a significant success.
But the real starting point of his solo career came in 1985 with the release of the album "The dream of the blues turtles". A first solo album that will shatter everything on a planetary level and raise the artist to a level of notoriety even higher than that which he experienced within his former group.
The album will produce 4 mega hits with "If you love somebody set them free", "Love is the seventh way", "Fortress around your heart", may also, and above all, the enormous "Russians", single which remains to date the 2nd biggest success of all his personal discography.
New album "… nothing like the sun" two years later in 1987, album which will be almost as strong as the previous one. Notably with titles like "We’ll be together" which was released the same year as the album and the sumptuous "Englishman in New-York" which was released a year later in 1988.
We will have to wait 3 years and the year 1991 to see the release of the album "The soul cages", an album which in turn was a hit but at the level of success still lower than the previous two. Album whose flagship single will be "All this time".
In 1992 he signed a new song for a soundtrack and not the least since the title "It’s probably me" which he played with Eric Clapton was to be used on the film 'Lethal weapon 3'. A title that will make a real worldwide hit and which remains to this day one of his most emblematic.
The album "Ten Summoner’s Tales" released in 1993 will go as strong as "The dream of the blues turtles" and hit record sales levels. In particular thanks to 2 titles which are "If I ever lose my faith in you" and the enormous "Fields of gold".
An exceptional year in all respects since he obtained the biggest success of his entire solo discography with the title "All for love" (a title that he actually interprets with two other friends, Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart) and that we will find in the soundtrack of the film 'The Three Musketeers'.
An incredible adventure that continued in 1996 with the release of the album "Mercury Falling", an album with less success than the previous one, but still. Album which will mainly produce the mega hit "Let your soul be your pilot".
A decade of 90 which will see the release in 1999 of a new album of very large caliber with the album "Brand new day", album with two flagship singles that are "Brand new day" which will be released the same year but also, and above all , "Desert rose" which will be released a year later in 2000.
There will be other albums, other enormous successes during the following decade for this absolutely extraordinary artist who will have deeply marked his time. To be continued ...
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Spread a little happiness 1982
If you love somebody set them free 1985
Love is the seventh wave 1985
Fortress around your heart 1985
Moon over Bourbon Street 1986
We’ll be together 1987
Englishman in New-York 1988
They dance alone 1988
All this time 1991
Mad about you 1991
It’s probably me 1992
If I ever lose my faith in you 1993
Seven days 1993
Fields of gold 1993
Nothing ‘bout me 1993
All for love 1993
Demolition man 1993
When we dance 1994
This cowboy song 1995
Let your soul be your pilot 1996
I’m so happy I can’t stop crying 1996
Brand new day 1999
Related link Police Adventure :
1982 ... a solo career that starts with this title. For a first try, it is rather successful given the level of success achieved. Rather reassuring for the rest of the events ...
1985 ... three years pass before the arrival of this new title. Three years which will have allowed the artist to become a full artist and to definitively close the 'Police' adventure. HU-GE !
1985 ... a huge year 1985 with a plethora of titles and Premium quality across the board. Given what he manages to produce today, it is clear that he was indeed the centerpiece of Police ...
1985 ... the 'little' hit of the year. But no need to worry when you see what is on the horizon. The best is to come, that's for sure !
1985 ... and THE best, here it is ! He signs here quite simply one of the most beautiful pieces of his career, all thanks to this revisited version of Lieutenant Kijé from ... Prokofiev (and yes, the original is a classic title). A piece that will undoubtedly remain as one of the most striking of the decade, as much for its melody as for the scope of the lyrics. MAS-TER-FUL !
1986 ... after an exceptional year in all respects, 1986 will seem somewhat pale. Only 2 titles on the clock and a level of success in free fall. Sacred reversal of the situation ...
1987 ... business picks up but slowly. Only one title to be eaten in this year 1987. Regardless, massive success is back and that's the main thing !
1988 ... not necessarily its highest ranked title but surely one of the most emblematic. All on a jazzy base particularly daring for the time but which works perfectly anyway. MAS-TER-FUL !
1988 ... a pretty ballad which literally floats in the air but which will not find its audience. It is true that the previous title set the bar a little high ...
1988 ... this title will do a little better but nothing more. A somewhat sluggish end of the decade despite great finds and which will force the singer to necessarily review his copy to approach the following decade ...
1991 ... after two empty years, we find him in an obvious form which allows him to return to success. It's gone for a decade 90 which will see him touch the stars again and again !
1991 ... a title with multi-musical influences which at least has the merit of being original. A subtle blend of eastern and western influences which gives a more than satisfactory result
1992 ... another single-title year, but what a year ! And above all what a title ! A duo of shock for a title which is not less and which will appear in good place in the soundtrack of the film Lethal Weapon 3. HU-GE !
1993 ... the mega hits follow the mega hits. We could have feared that the transition to the 90s would spell the end of the singer's career, but the opposite is happening. What talent !
1993 ... very BIG year 1993 with an impressive number of titles released. This one will rather be part of the 'small' hits but it is certain that it cannot produce Masterpieces permanently ...
1993 ... new huge single which will remain as one of his most emblematic. Already 8 years of familiarity with the stars in solo and let's go to last a few more years !
1993 ... a year 1993 which never ends and which sees the singer in an absolutely dazzling form. But how far will he go ...?
1993 ... a year 1993 which ended in apotheosis with this dream trio ! An incredible cast that will produce one of the biggest hits of the year. But given the profiles, the opposite would have been damn surprising !
1993 ... he even allows himself the luxury of doing soundtrack. And not just any soundtrack since this film will become one of the most iconic films of the decade. All good boy !
1994 ... the years go by but do not necessarily look alike. The proof with this year 1994 which will be very surprisingly single-title, we go from one extreme to another. Regardless, quality is always essential !
1995 ... ditto for the year 1995 with only one title on the clock. But as for 1994, the result in the Charts will not be minimalist, quite the contrary !
1996 ... new year rich in titles. After 2 years of famine, the artist is making a comeback which will prove once again that he will have to be counted on for years to come
1996 ... it is clear that the level of success fluctuates more and more between each title. Something to worry about. Not for this title there anyway !
1999 ... slight air gap of 3 years which confirms the fact that the machine is indeed in the process of breaking down slightly. He would return the next decade, of course, but unfortunately the level of success would drop somewhat. But given the whole of his career, who would blame him !
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