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MEMBERS: Sting ~ Andy Summers ~ Stewart Copeland
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BIRTHDAYS: Sting (October 2, 1951) ~ Andy Summers (December 31, 1942) ~ Stewart Copeland (July 16, 1952)
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Every Breath You Take" (1983)
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BIGGEST LP: Synchronicity (1983)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 5
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ROLLING STONE: '100 Greatest Artists of All Time': # 70
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ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: 2003

 
TIMELINE

The Policebutton.gif (123 bytes) The Police consisted of Sting on lead vocals and bass, Andy Summers on guitar, and Stewart Copeland on drums. The conception of the post-punk, New Wave-sounding Police began in 1977 when Copeland began the trio along with Sting and guitarist Henri Padovani in England. Summers soon joined the trio and a few months later Padovani left leaving the Police as a trio and releasing their first single "Fall Out."

1978...

The Police - Outlandos d'Amourbutton.gif (123 bytes) Outlandos d'Amour was released late in the year with the single "Roxanne." The LP was slow to get the band noticed but the Police continued with performances in the UK and the US throughout the year.

1979...

button.gif (123 bytes) "Roxanne" eventually hit the Top 20 in the UK and the Top 40 in the US, and the Police toured the UK.

September
The Police - Reggatta de Blancbutton.gif (123 bytes) The Police topped the UK Singles chart with "Message In A Bottle."

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Reggatta de Blanc was released.

1980...# 117 Singles Artist of the Year

September
The Police - "Roxanne" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) The Police topped the UK singles chart for 4 weeks with "Don't Stand So Close To Me."

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Zenyatta Mondatta was released.
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police topped the UK LP chart for 4 weeks with
Zenyatta Mondatta.

November
The Police - Zenyatta Mondattabutton.gif (123 bytes) The Police hit the Top 40 with "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Zenyatta Mondatta was certified gold.

1981...# 13 Singles Artist of the Year

January
The Police - "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" (Single) button.gif (123 bytes) The Police hit the Top 10 with "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da."

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Zenyatta Mondatta was certified platinum.
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The Police won their first Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance ("Reggatta De Blanc").
The Police - "Don't Stand So Close To Me" (Single) button.gif (123 bytes) The Police hit the Top 40 with "Don't Stand So Close To Me."

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Outlandos d'Amour was certified gold.
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police hit the
Top 10 with "Don't Stand So Close To Me."

June
The Police - Ghost In The Machinebutton.gif (123 bytes) Reggatta de Blanc was certified gold.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Ghost In The Machine was released.
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police hit the Top 40 with "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic."

November
The Police - "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" (Single) button.gif (123 bytes) The Police hit the Top 10 with "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Ghost In The Machine was certified platinum.

1982...# 54 Singles Artist of the Year

January
The Police - "Spirits In The Material World" (Single) button.gif (123 bytes) The Police hit the Top 40 with "Spirits In The Material World."

February
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police won 2 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal ("Don't Stand So Close To Me") and Best Rock Instrumental Performance ("Behind My Camel").
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police won a Brit Award for Best British Group.

March
Brimstone & Treacle soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) The Police hit the Top 10 with "Spirits In The Material World."

May
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police hit the Top 40 with "Secret Journey."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police had material on the soundtrack for Brimstone & Treacle including the notable track "I Burn For You."

1983...# 7 Singles Artist of the Year

June
The Police - Synchronicitybutton.gif (123 bytes) Synchronicity was released and certified platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police hit the Top 40 and Top 10 with "Every Breath You Take."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police hit #1 for 8 weeks with "Every Breath You Take."
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for 8 weeks with "Every Breath You Take."
The Police - "Every Breath You Take" (Single) button.gif (123 bytes) Synchronicity topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart for 17 weeks.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) The single "Every Breath You Take" was certified gold.
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police hit the Top 40 with "King Of Pain."

September
The Police - "King Of Pain" (Single) button.gif (123 bytes) The Police hit the Top 10 with "King Of Pain."

November
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police hit the Top 40 with "Synchronicity II."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police hit the Top 10 with "Synchronicity II."

1984...# 62 Singles Artist of the Year

January
The Police - "Wrapped Around Your Finger" (Single) button.gif (123 bytes) The Police hit the Top 40 with "Wrapped Around Your Finger."
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police were nominated for 3 American Music Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group, Favorite Pop/Rock Album (Synchronicity), and Favorite Pop/Rock Single ("Every Breath You Take").

February
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police won 2 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal (Synchronicity) and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("Every Breath You Take"), and was nominated for Album of the Year (Synchronicity) and Record of the Year ("Every Breath You Take").
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police hit the Top 10 with "Wrapped Around Your Finger."

August
The Policebutton.gif (123 bytes) Outlandos d'Amour was certified platinum.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "Every Breath You Take" won a MTV Video Music Awards for Best Cinematography and was also nominated for Video of the Year, Best Group Video, Best Direction, Viewer's Choice, Best Art Direction, and Best Overall Performance.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Ghost In The Machine was certified 2x platinum and Synchronicity was certified 4x platinum.

1985...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police won a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.

1986...# 183 Singles Artist of the Year

June
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police appeared for the last time in public (until 2003) at an Amnesty International Concert.

October
The Police - Every Breath You Take - The Classicsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Every Breath You Take - The Classics was released.

button.gif (123 bytes) The Police hit the Top 40 with a revamped version of "Don't Stand So Close To Me '86."

button.gif (123 bytes) Although the Police never officially broke up, Sting went on to have the most successful solo career although all members kept their interests in music continuing for many years.

1987...

January
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1989...

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1992...

November
The Police - Message In A Box: The Complete Recordingsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Every Breath You Take - The Classics was certified 3x platinum.

1993...

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Message In A Box: The Complete Recordings was released. The box set included all the material from the Police's studio LPs plus live and unreleased tracks.

October
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Rolling Stone: "The 100 Top Music Videos" included "Every Breath You Take" at # 61.

1994...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Message In A Box: The Complete Recordings was certified gold.

1995...

April
The Police - Live!button.gif (123 bytes) Live! was released - a live set from a 1979 performance at The Orpheum in Boston and a 1983 performance at The Omni in Atlanta.

1996...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Live! was certified gold.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Live! was certified platinum.

1997...

The Police - The Very Best Of Sting & The Policebutton.gif (123 bytes) The Very Best Of Sting & The Police was released.

1998...

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Ranked # 10 on VH1: Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll (and # 34 on Rock On The Net's Poll).

1999...

button.gif (123 bytes) MTV: 100 Greatest Videos Ever Made includes "Every Breath You Take" at # 16.

2000...

November
The Very Best Of Sting & The Police (Book)button.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone & MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs includes "Every Breath You Take" at # 42.

2001...

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Synchronicity was certified 8x platinum, Ghost In The Machine was certified 3x platinum, Message In A Box: The Complete Recordings was certified gold, and Zenyatta Mondatta was certified 2x platinum.

2002...

January
The Policebutton.gif (123 bytes) Every Breath You Take - The Classics was certified 5x platinum and Reggatta de Blanc was certified gold.

2003...

March
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and all 3 members showed up to perform together.

June
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VH1: 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years includes "Every Breath You Take" at # 9 and "Roxanne" at # 90.

December
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Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: # 322: Ghost In The Machine, # 369: Reggatta de Blanc, # 434: Outlandos d'Amour, # 455: Synchronicity.

2004..

April
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Rolling Stone: The Immortals - The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time included the Police at # 70.

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2005...

August
button.gif (123 bytes) The Very Best Of Sting & The Police was certified gold.

2006...

October
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VH1: 100 Greatest Songs of the 80's included "Every Breath You Take" at # 46.

2007...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police reunited for the opening performance at the Grammy Awards.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police released The Police - a 2CD set including their classics and their first single "Fallout" from 1977.
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) On July 7th, the Police performed at the
Live Earth concert in the US. The 7-continent concert organized by Al Gore brought together over 100 artists to perform and raise the world's awareness about the climate crisis and how to make a difference to help the environment and the world.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police reunion tour ended up as the top-earning tour of 2007.

2008...

June
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Entertainment Weekly: 100 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years included Synchronicity at # 94.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) The Police ended their reunion tour with a performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City with proceeds going to charity.



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The Police - 'Outlandos d'Amour'
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Outlandos d'Amour
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeReleased: 1978
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 23
Tracks: "Next To You" - "So Lonely" - "Roxanne" - "Hole In My Life" - "Peanuts" - "Can't Stand Losing You" - "Truth Hits Everybody" - "Born In The 50's" - "Be My Girl - Sally" - "Masoko Tanga"
The Police - 'Reggatta de Blanc'
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Reggatta de Blanc
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeReleased: October, 1979
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 25
Tracks: "Message In A Bottle" - "Regatta De Blanc" - "It's Alright For You" - "Bring On The Night" - "Deathwish" - "Walking On The Moon" - "On Any Other Day" - "Bed's Too Big Without You" - "Contact" - "Does Everyone Star" - "No Time This Time"
The Police - 'Zenyatta Mondatta'
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Zenyatta Mondatta
Released: October, 1980
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 5
Rolling Stone review: 5 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Don't Stand So Close To Me" - "Driven To Tears" - "When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Around" - "Canary In A Coalmine" - "Voices Inside My Head" - "Bombs Away" - "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" - "Behind My Camel" - "Man In A Suitcase" - "Shadows In The Rain" - "The Other Way Of Stopping"
The Police - 'Ghost In The Machine'
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Ghost In The Machine
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeReleased: October, 1981
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 2
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Spirits In The Material World" - "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - "Invisible Sun" - "Hungry For You (J'aurais Toujours Faim De Toi)" - "Demolition Man" - "Too Much Information" - "Rehumanize Yourself" - "One World (Not Three)" - "Megaman" - "Secret Journey" - "Darkness"
The Police - 'Synchronicity'
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Synchronicity
Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeReleased: June, 1983
US: 8x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 1 (for 17 weeks)
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Synchronicity" - "Walking In Your Footsteps" - "O My God" - "Mother" - "Miss Gradenko" - "Synchronicity II" - "Every Breath You Take" - "King Of Pain" - "Wrapped Around Your Finger" - "Tea In The Sahara" - "Murder By Numbers"
The Police - 'Every Breath You Take - The Classics'
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Every Breath You Take - The Classics
Released: October, 1986
US: 5x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 7
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Roxanne" - "Can't Stand Losing You" - "Message In A Bottle" - "Walking On The Moon" - "Don't Stand So Close To Me" - "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" - "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - "Invisible Sun" - "Spirits In The Material World" - "Every Breath You Take" - "King Of Pain" - "Wrapped Around Your Finger" - "Don't Stand So Close To Me '86" - "Message In A Bottle"
The Police - 'Message In A Box: The Complete Recordings'
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Message In A Box: The Complete Recordings
Released: September, 1993
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 79
Tracks: "Fallout" - "Nothing Achieving" - "Dead End Job" - "Next To You" - "So Lonely" - "Roxanne" - "Hole In My Life" - "Peanuts" - "Can't Stand Losing You" - "Truth Hits Everybody" - "Born In The 50's" - "Be My Girl - Sally" - "Masoko Tanga" - "Landlord" (live) - "Next To You" (live) - "Landlord" - "Message In A Bottle" - "Regatta De Blanc" - "It's Alright For You" - "Bring On The Night" - "Deathwish" - "Walking On The Moon" - "On Any Other Day" - "Bed's Too Big Without You" - "Contact" - "Does Everyone Star" - "No Time This Time" - "Visions Of The Night" - "Bed's Too Big Without You" (Mono Version) - "Truth Hits Everybody" (live) - "Friends" - "Don't Stand So Close To Me" - "Driven To Tears" - "When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Around" - "Canary In A Coalmine" - "Voices Inside My Head" - "Bombs Away" - "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" - "Behind My Camel" - "Man In A Suitcase" - "Shadows In The Rain" - "The Other Way Of Stopping" - "Sermon" - "Driven To Tears" (live) - "Shambelle" - "Spirits In The Material World" - "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - "Invisible Sun" - "Hungry For You (J'aurais Toujours Faim De Toi)" - "Demolition Man" - "Too Much Information" - "Rehumanize Yourself" - "One World (Not Three)" - "Megaman" - "Secret Journey" - "Darkness" - "Flexible Strategies" - "Low Life" - "How Stupid Mr. Bates" - "Kind Of Loving" - "Synchronicity" - "Walking In Your Footsteps" - "O My God" - "Mother" - "Miss Gradenko" - "Synchronicity II" - "Every Breath You Take" - "King Of Pain" - "Wrapped Around Your Finger" - "Tea In The Sahara" - "Murder By Numbers" - "Man In A Suitcase" (live) - "Someone To Talk To" - "Message In A Bottle" (live) - "I Burn For You" - "Once Upon A Daydream" - "Tea In The Sahara" (live) - "Don't Stand So Close To Me '86"
The Police - 'Live!'
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Live!
Released: April, 1995
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 86
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Live Tracks: "Next To You" - "So Lonely" - "Truth Hits Everybody" - "Walking On The Moon" - "Hole In My Life" - "Fall Out" - "Bring On The Night" - "Message In A Bottle" - "The Bed's Too Big Without You" - "Peanuts" - "Roxanne" - "Can't Stand Losing You" - "Landlord" - "Born In The 50's" - "Be My Girl - Sally" - "Synchronicity" - "Synchronicity II" - "Walking In Your Footsteps" - "Message In A Bottle" - "O MY God" - "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" - "Wrapped Around Your Finger" - "Tea In The Sahara" - "Spirits In The Material World" - "King Of Pain" - "Don't Stand So Close To Me" - "Every Breath You Take" - "Roxanne" - "Can't Stand Losing You" - "So Lonely"
The Police - 'The Very Best Of Sting & The Police'
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The Very Best Of Sting & The Police
Released: 1997
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 100
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Police Tracks: "Message In A Bottle" - "Can't Stand Losing You" - "Every Breath You Take" - "Walking On The Moon" - "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - "Roxanne"
The Police - 'The Police'
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The Police
Released: June, 2007
Billboard peak: # 11
Tracks: "Fallout" - "Can't Stand Losing You" - "Next To You" - "Roxanne" - "Truth Hits Everybody" - "Hole In My Life" - "So Lonely" - "Message In A Bottle" - "Regatta De Blanc" - "Bring On The Night" - "Waking On The Moon" - "Don't Stand So Close To Me" - "Driven To Tears" - "Canary In A Coalmine" - "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" - "Voices Inside My Head" - "Invisible Sun" - "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - "Demolitin Man" - "Every Breath You Take" - "Synchronicity I" - "Wrapped Around Your Finger" - "Walking in Your Footsteps" - "Synchronicity II" - "King Of Pain" - "Murder By Numbers" - "Tea In The Sahara"
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1 Every Breath You Take

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Synchronicity
ARC chart run: 37 - 24 - 13 - 5 - 3 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 3 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 15 - 24 - 36 - off
1(8) 20 1983 The Police - "Every Breath You Take" (Single)
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2 The Police - "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" (Single) Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

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Ghost In The Machine
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3 King Of Pain

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Synchronicity
ARC chart run: 32 - 25 - 19 - 15 - 10 - 5 - 3 - 2 - 9 - 13 - 22 - 27 - 39 - off
2 13 1983 The Police - "King Of Pain" (Single)
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4 The Police - "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" (Single) De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da

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5 The Police - "Don't Stand So Close To Me" (Single) Don't Stand So Close To Me

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6 The Police - "Wrapped Around Your Finger" (Single) Wrapped Around Your Finger

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Synchronicity
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7 The Police - "Spirits In The Material World" (Single) Spirits In The Material World

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Ghost In The Machine
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8 Synchronicity II

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Synchronicity
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9 The Police - "Roxanne" (Single)Roxanne
Outlandos d'Amour
32 5 1979 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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10 Don't Stand So Close To Me '86
Every Breath You Take - The Classics
38 1 1986 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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11 Secret Journey

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Ghost In The Machine
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  Message In A Bottle
Reggatta de Blanc
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  Roxanne '97 - Puff Daddy Remix
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