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The Police

1942

Andy Summers (ne Somers) of the Police is born in England.

1951

Sting (born Gordon Sumner) of the Police is born in England.

1952

Stewart Copeland of the Police is born in Alexandria, Virginia.

1977

The Police’s first single - “Fall Out”/”Nothing Achieving,” featuring short-lived guitarist Henri Padovani - is released on Illegal Records.

1977

Guitarist Andy Summer joins the Police, who are soon winnowed down to a trio with the exodus of Henri Padovani.

1978

The Police make their U.S. debut with a gig at New York’s CBGB’s.

1978

Outlandos D’Amour, the Police’s first album, is released. It contains the hits “Roxanne” (#12 U.K., #32 U.S.), “Can’t Stand Losing You” (#2 U.K.) and “So Lonely” (#6 U.K.)

1979

Reggata De Blanc, the Police’s second album, is released, launching the #1 U.K. hits “Message in a Bottle” and “Walking on the Moon.”

1980

The third Police album, Zenyatta Mondatta, appears. It yields two hits

1981

The Police’s “Regatta De Blanc” wins a Grammy for Best Instrumental Rock Performance.

1981

The Police release their fourth album, Ghost in the Machine.

1982

Ghost in the Machine, by the Police, peaks at #2 in the U.S.

1982

The Police win their second Grammy for Best Instrumental Rock Performance (“Behind My Camel”) and first for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group (“Don’t Stand So Close to Me”).

1983

The Police top the British and American charts with “Every Breath You Take.”

1983

Synchronicity, the Police’s fifth and biggest album, is released.

1983

The Police perform to an audience of 70,000 at Shea Stadium in New York.

1984

The Police win multiple Grammies

1986

The Police perform their last concert, a five-song set at an Amnesty International benefit in Atlanta.

1986

“Don’t Stand So Close to Me ‘86” (U.K. #24, U.S. #46), a remake of an earlier hit, becomes the Police’s final single.

1993

Six years after the Police’s breakup, A&M Records releases the box set Message in a Box

1995

The Police Live!, a live double-disc set, is released.

1997

The Very Best of Sting and the Police is issued on the 20th anniversary of the Police’s formation. The collection mixes tracks by the Police and Sting.

2003

The Police are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the eighteenth annual induction dinner. Gwen Stefani of No Doubt is their presenter.