Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, better known as Sting, was 10 when he discovered music via a Spanish guitar left at his home by a friend of his father. While attending nightclubs to listen to the music, he studied at Northern Counties College of Education and in 1974 graduated as a math teacher. He taught for two years, performing jazz in his spare time. He always wore a black and yellow striped sweater that reminded his bandleader of a bee, hence the nickname. In a 2011 Time article, he said: "I was never called Gordon. You could shout 'Gordon' in the street and I would just move out of your way."

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  1. Debbie • October 27, 2015 @ 12:14 AM

    I am original, and I don’t mind being first. Very interesting to read about these people. I have a few similarities. We all probably do. Not much else to say. Nice to know the real names of people, too. I guess not a big discussion-type read, but glad was posted. I like to know the history of things and people.

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