He performed solo versions of "Roxanne" and "Message in a Bottle".
He also led an all-star band (dubbed "the Secret Police") on his own arrangement of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released".
The Secret Policeman's Other Ball began his growing involvement in political and social causes.
In 1982 he released a solo single, "Spread a Little Happiness" from the film of the Dennis Potter television play Brimstone and Treacle.
He gained his nickname after his habit of wearing a black and yellow sweater with hooped stripes with the Phoenix Jazzmen.
Bandleader Gordon Solomon thought he looked like a bee (or according to Sting himself, "they thought I looked like a wasp"), which prompted the name "Sting".
Their initial sound was punk-inspired, but they switched to reggae rock and minimalist pop.
Their final album, Synchronicity, was nominated for five Grammy Awards including Album of the Year in 1983.
While never formally breaking up, after Synchronicity, the group agreed to concentrate on solo projects.
Sting performed jazz in the evening, weekends and during breaks from college and teaching.
He played with the Phoenix Jazzmen, Newcastle Big Band, and Last Exit.
(born 2 October 1951), known as Sting, is an English musician and actor.
He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band the Police from 1977 to 1984, and launched a solo career in 1985.