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His performances were in the album and movie of the show.
The Secret Policeman's Other Ball began his growing involvement in political and social causes.
It included the hit singles "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" (backed with the non-LP song "Another Day"), "Fortress Around Your Heart", "Love Is the Seventh Wave", and "Russians", the last based on a theme from the Lieutenant Kijé Suite. This album received Grammy nominations for Album of the Year, Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, and Best Engineered Recording.
Sting sang the line "I Want My MTV" on "Money for Nothing", a 1985 hit by Dire Straits.
He also led an all-star band (dubbed "the Secret Police") on his own arrangement of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released".
The band and chorus included Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Phil Collins, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, all of whom (except Beck) later worked on Live Aid.
Cinders by Vivian Ellis, and a Top 20 hit in the UK.
In January 1977, Sting moved from Newcastle to London and joined Stewart Copeland and Henry Padovani (soon replaced by Andy Summers) to form the Police.He played with the Phoenix Jazzmen, Newcastle Big Band, and Last Exit.He gained his nickname after his habit of wearing a black and yellow sweater with hooped stripes with the Phoenix Jazzmen.Their final album, Synchronicity, was nominated for five Grammy Awards including Album of the Year.It included their most successful song, "Every Breath You Take", written by Sting, in 1983.
While never formally breaking up, after Synchronicity the group agreed to concentrate on solo projects.