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Andy Summers

Biography

While Andy Summers is most beneficial referred to as the guitarist of the authorities, he has since forged an effective and acclaimed single career with fresh age-influenced modern instrumental music that, like his use Sting and company, pulls on his love for jazz and his desire for creating instrumental textures. Given birth to Andrew Wayne Somers in Poulton-Fylde, Lancashire, Britain, on Dec 31, 1942, the youthful Somers (who later on transformed his surname towards the easier spelled Summers) transferred to Bournemouth as a kid and, upon taking on your guitar at 14, immersed himself in the neighborhood jazz picture. By 16, he was playing in regional night clubs and coffeehouses, where he was observed by Zoot Cash. Somers was asked to become listed on Money’s Big Move Music group, with whom he made an appearance in the live record The All Taking place Zoot Money’s Big Move Music group at Klook’s Kleek. Cash eventually transformed the band right into a psychedelic clothing known as Dantalian’s Chariot, so when that task dissolved in early 1968, Somers briefly agreed upon on using the Very soft Machine just before rejoining Profit a revamped Pets lineup for the LP Like Is certainly. When that imploded in 1969, Somers examined classical electric guitar and structure at UCLA for four years, for the time being giving electric guitar lessons, gigging with an area Latin-rock music group, and performing with various movie theater troupes. Upon his go back to Britain in 1973, Summers became something of the journeyman, touring within the support rings of Neil Sedaka, Kevin Coyne, Kevin Ayers, and David Essex. Summers fulfilled Sting and Stewart Copeland in 1977 while using a band known as Strontium 90. Both asked Summers to become listed on their full-time task, the Police; jointly, the trio steadily developed a method focused around jazz- and reggae-influenced pop/rock and roll, and Sting’s solid bass lines allowed Summers to provide subtle sonic textures and shades on his electric guitar, and to test out various results. Summers initial stepped from his very own in 1982, teaming with Ruler Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp in the jazz- and Eastern-tinged I Progress Masked. It had been implemented in 1984 with Bewitched, another Summers/Fripp cooperation, around once the authorities officially disbanded. Wanting to create himself in musical realms beyond rock & move, Summers do a little bit of film soundtrack function (Down and Out in Beverly Hillsides, 2010, etc.) before time for recording, this time around by himself. His first single work, 1987’s harmonically elaborate however pop-oriented XYZ, fulfilled with poor vital response. Its follow-up, 1988’s Inexplicable Barricades, was more lucrative, emphasizing Summers’ textural sensibilities on its jazzy, brand-new age-influenced compositions. A string of albums within this design followed with the ’90s, notably The Golden Wire (1989), Alluring Snakes (1991), Globe Gone Unusual (1991), Unseen Thread (1993), as well as the Last Dance of Mr. X (1997). For 1998’s Strings of Desire, he teamed with South American electric guitar virtuoso Victor Biglione; 1999’s Green Chimneys: Music of Thelonious Monk discovered Summers dealing with a more substantial ensemble than normal for him, in addition to his first cooperation with Sting because the Law enforcement (on the edition of “‘Circular Midnight”). Following achievement of his Monk-themed record, the guitarist come up with an record of interpretations of compositions by Charles Mingus known as Peggy’s Blue Skylight, released in past due 2000. Globe + Sky made an appearance four years afterwards. Summers continuing to record thereafter, launching First You Create a Cloud in 2007. He also participated in the authorities reunion tour that same calendar year.

Quick Facts


Full Name Andy Summers
Profession Photographer, Guitarist, Film producer, Music Producer, Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist, Film Score Composer
Education California State University, Northridge
Nationality English
Spouse Kate Summers, Kate Summers, Robin Lane
Children Layla Summers, Anton Y. Summers, Maurice X. Summers
Parents Maurice Summers, Jean Summers
Siblings Monica Summers, Richard Summers, Tony Summers
Music Groups The Police, The Animals, Soft Machine, Dantalian's Chariot
Music Songs Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Message in a Bottle, Walking on the Moon, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, So Lonely, Don't Stand So Close to Me, Can't Stand Losing You, Wrapped Around Your Finger, De Do Do Do De Da Da Da, King of Pain, Synchronicity II, Spirits in the Material World, Invisible Sun, The Bed's Too Big Without You, When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around, Bring On the Night, Driven to Tears, Tráeme la noche, Behind My Camel, Tea in the Sahara, Next to You, Voices Inside My Head, Reggatta De Blanc, Murder By Numbers, Demolition Man, Secret Journey, Be My Girl-Sally, Miss Gradenko, Roxanne '97, Canary in a Coalmine, Fall Out
Albums I Advance Masked, United Kingdom of Ipanema, Reggatta de Blanc, Fundamental, Synchronicity, Bewitched, XYZ, World Gone Strange, Mysterious Barricades, Zenyatta Mondatta, Outlandos d'Amour, Ghost in the Machine, Certifiable: Live in Buenos Aires, The Soft Machine, Earth + Sky, The Very Best of Sting & The Police, Greatest Hits, The Police, Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings, Splendid Brazil, Strings Of Desire, Invisible Threads, Synaesthesia, Peggy's Blue Skylight, The Last Dance of Mr. X, First You Build a Cloud, The X Tracks, Green Chimneys - The Music of Thelonious Monk (Remastered), Retrospective
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance
Movies And The Circus Leaves Town, Can’t Stand Losing You, Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out, Motorama, Another You, Weekend at Bernie's, End of the Line, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, The Temple, Poochinski, The Police: Certifiable, Rock Milestones: The Police: Regatta de Blanc, Andy Summers: Guitar


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#Fact
1 Release of his book, "One Train Later: A Memoir". [2006]
2 Has two brothers, Richard and Tony, and a sister, Monica.
3 Parents are Jean and Maurice Summers.
4 Has three children: Layla Summers, born in 1978, and twin boys Maurice X. Summers and Anton Y. Summers, born in 1987.
5 Was roommates with Paul Michael Glaser.
6 Friend of Sting and Stewart Copeland.
7 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Police) on 10 March 2003.
8 Member of band The Police.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dancing with the Stars 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Medallion 2003 performer: "Twist and Shout"
Copycat 1995 music: "Murder by Numbers" 1983
Deceived 1991 performer: "World Gone Strange" / writer: "World Gone Strange"
Another You 1991 performer: "CHARMING SNAKES" / writer: "CHARMING SNAKES"
Weekend at Bernie's 1989 writer: "HOT AND COLD" End Title Song
Band of the Hand 1986 performer: "Carry Me Back Home" / writer: "Carry Me Back Home"
Urgh! A Music War 1981 Documentary writer: "So Lonely"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Temple 2017 announced
Ve Panayir Köyden Gider 2015
Motorama 1991
Poochinski 1990 TV Short
Weekend at Bernie's 1989
Out of Time 1988 TV Movie
End of the Line 1987
Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Expired 2007 musician: guitar
The Dennis Miller Show 1992 TV Series musical director
Mississippi Masala 1991 musician: electric guitar
End of the Line 1987 musician
The Hitchhiker TV Series composer - 1 episode, 1987 performer - 1 episode, 1987
Paper Dolls 1984 TV Series composer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Temple 2017 announced Andrew
Freak the Mighty 1998 Video short Minstrel
Damian Cromwell's Postcards from America 1997 TV Series Ian
Another You 1991 Bandleader
The Hitchhiker 1987 TV Series Hodie

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police 2012 Documentary executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ve Panayir Köyden Gider 2015 director wishes to thank
The Last Pogo Jumps Again 2013 Documentary thanks
Crude 2009 Documentary very special thanks
Expired 2007 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Nation's Favourite 80s Number One 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
Biggest Band Breakups and Make Ups 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself - Guitartist, The Police
Reel Junkie 2015 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest Musician
Who the F**K Is Arthur Fogel 2013 Documentary Himself
The Richest Songs in the World 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself - Guitarist, The Police
Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police 2012 Documentary
The Nation's Favourite Number 1 Single 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
How the Brits Rocked America 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself - Guitar, The Police
One Nine Nine Four 2009 Documentary
Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... 2009 TV Series Himself
Better Than Therapy 2008 Video Himself
The Police: Certifiable 2008 Video Himself
Seven Ages of Rock 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Tubridy Tonight 2007 TV Series Himself
Later... With Jools Holland 2006 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2006 TV Series Himself
Manuel Barrueco: A Gift and a Life 2006 Video Himself
Dusty Wright's Culture CatchCulture Catch 2005 TV Series Himself
SingStar Party 2004 Video Game Himself (as the Police)
Bridge to Havana 2004 Video documentary Himself
Hook, Line & Singer 2002 Documentary short Himself
100 Greatest Number One Singles 2001 TV Special documentary Himself
Top Ten 2000 TV Series documentary Himself
Music Bridges Over Troubled Waters 1999 Documentary Himself
I Want My MTV 1996 Video Himself
Ein Leben als Extravaganza - Das Genie Frank Zappa 1993 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Dennis Miller Show 1992 TV Series Himself (Bandleader) (1992)
The Arsenio Hall Show 1989 TV Series Himself
The Police: Every Breath You Take - The Videos 1987 Video Himself
Stand by Me: AIDS Day Benefit 1987 TV Movie Himself
Breakfast Time 1985 TV Series Himself
The 27th Annual Grammy Awards 1985 TV Special Himself
The Police: Synchronicity Concert 1984 Video documentary Himself - Lead Guitar
Late Night with David Letterman 1983 TV Series Himself
Cheggers Plays Pop 1983 TV Series Himself
Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar 1982 TV Series Himself
Police: Around the World 1982 Video Himself
Musical express 1981 TV Series Himself
Urgh! A Music War 1981 Documentary Himself - Police
Beat-Club 1980 TV Series Himself - Musician
Punk and Its Aftershocks 1980 Documentary Himself (as The Police)
Top of the Pops 1974-1979 TV Series Himself / Himself - The Police
Popdown 1967 Himself (as Dantalion's Chariot)
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1966 TV Series Himself
Ready, Steady, Go! 1965 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Top of the Pops 2 2007 TV Series Himself
Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out 2006 Documentary Himself
The Filth and the Fury 2000 Documentary Himself
Top of the Pops 1979-1995 TV Series Himself - The Police / Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1987 BMI Film Music Award BMI Film & TV Awards Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)


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#Quote
1 I like to show off onstage, and I enjoy the stardom part of it as well, but I'm glad that Sting has had all that attention, because he's been a fantastic focal point.

#Trademark
1 Frequently uses Fender guitars

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