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2 October 2017, 09:12
It's Sting's birthday! To celebrate the former Police legend's 66nd year, we've collected a few highly interesting facts about the pop and rock icon.
Of all things, Sting earned his famous name from performing in jazz clubs while wearing a distinctive sweater that made him look like a huge bee.
Bandleader Gordon Solomon of the Phoenix Jazzman is credited with coming up with the name. Not even Sting's family call him 'Gordon' nowadays. "I was never called Gordon. You could shout 'Gordon' in the street and I would just move out of your way," he told Time magazine in 2011.
One of Sting's earliest jobs was not exactly the most glamorous (or popular) of gigs.
He later described his job of collecting taxes from people in debt as “soul-crushing”. He also worked as a bus conductor and a building labourer.
Coolest teacher ever? In the mid-1970s, Sting taught at St Paul's First School in Cramlington for two years.
He began performing jazz in the evenings and weekends during breaks from teaching. It was this job that later had some inspiration in the Police song 'Don't Stand So Close to Me'.
Sting played Mack the Knife in Bertolt Brecht's Threepenny Opera in 1989. Director John Dexter refused to call him Sting, and instead dubbed him 'Tommy Steele' after the 1950s singer. He later provided the music for 2014 Broadway musical The Last Ship.
He has also acted in a number of movies, including Dune, Quadrophenia and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrells.
Both Sting and Neil Tennant attended St Cuthbert's school in Newcastle.
Neil is three years younger than his old pal Sting.
If you ever thought the 1980s classic sounded oddly familiar, then it's because Sting provided backing vocals.
Sting appears towards the end of the song, singing the famous line "I want my MTV".
Alongside his other acting roles, Sting amazingly appeared in the cartoon series Captain Planet and the Planeteers.
From 1990 to 1992, he voiced the baddie Zarm. He was later replaced by David Warner and Malcolm McDowell.
Watch Sting's video for 'Fields of Gold' below: