After leading the wonderful post-punk band, The Police, from new wave contenders to one of the biggest bands in the world, lead singer and bass player Sting launched his solo career in 1985, with the jazz-tinged album, Dream Of The Blue Turtles, which produced the international hit singles If You Love Somebody Set Them Free, and followed with Russians. After a similar follow-up, Sting's first album of the 90s, The Soul Cages, was markedly downbeat, introspective affair and so too was 1993's excellent Ten Summoner's Tales, which included the yearning hit singles If I Ever Lose My Faith In You, and Fields Of Gold. In the 00s, Sting moved away from his slick, adult pop sound with an album of medieval lute music, before surprising fans by reuniting with his bandmates in The Poilce for a hugely successful world tour.
Followers: Bryan Adams, Seal, Dave Matthews, Men At Work
Influenced By: Jack Bruce, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Dire Straits, Weather Report, Peter Gabriel...