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Music by The Police

This band comes from London and formed in 1977. The boys in the band were Sting lead vocals and bass, Andy Summers guitar and Stewart Copeland drums. The Police became well-known all over the world in the late 1970s. They were considered to be one of the first new wave groups. Altogether they’ve sold over 75 million records all over the globe. The Police have won six Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and five of their albums are on the Rolling Stone magazine list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

The Police came out with their first album Outlandos d’Amour and included two hits “Roxanne” and “Can’t Stand Losing You”. Their second album came out in 1979 Reggatta de Blanc which made great sales in the U.K. From this album came two singles “Message in a Bottle” and “Walking on the Moon”. Their instrumental title track “Reggatta de Blanc” won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. In 1980 they went on their first world tour which was documented in the movie The Police Around the World in 1982.

The Police came out with their third album in 1980 Zenyatta Mondatta which gave them their very first number one hits with “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” and “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da”. The band won another Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance Duo or Group with the instrumental from this album “Behind My Camel”. The following year they came out with their fourth album Ghost in the Machine. This offered the singles “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic”, “Invisible Sun”, and “Spirits in the Material World”. The band opened and closed the 1981 concert movie “Urgh! A Music War”. In 1982 they received the Brit Award for Best British Group.

The Police came out with their last studio album in 1983 Synchronicity. It included the singles “Every Breath You Take”. “Wrapped Around Your Finger, “King of Pain” and “Synchronicity II”. They started their Synchronicity Tour in Chicago, Illinois in 1983. This album rose up to number one on the charts and stayed there for weeks both in the U.K. and the U.S. “Every Breath You Take” won the Grammy for Song of the Year and also for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. It also won the American Video Award for Best Group Video and also two Ivor Novello Awards. “Synchronicity II” took the Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

They officially disbanded in 1987 as group members pursued solo careers. In 2003 The Police were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2007 they got together for their reunion tour to mark their 30th anniversary. They are in 70th place on Rolling Stone’s List of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. As they say, “And the rest is history”.

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  1. I never saw The Police perform live but I did see Sting in the mid-90s when he opened up for the Grateful Dead. I wasn’t looking forward to it since I thought his post-Police music was incredibly pretentious but he was surprisingly good in concert.

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