- Historical event
- 20 March 1959
- Sting was born in a working-class family, his father was a milkman and his mother a hairdresser. In his youth Sting did all kinds of jobs.
On this day in Wallsend, England, the singer Sting was born, named Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner. His hometown “Wallsend” derives its name as the location of the end (“end”) of Hadrian’s Wall (“Wall”), which divided the Roman Britain from the barbarian north at the time of the ancient Romans.
It is an industrial city, known for its shipyard, in which the great transatlantic ships (i.e. the famous Mauretania) were built.
Sting was born in a working-class family, his father was a milkman and his mother a hairdresser. In his youth Sting did all kinds of jobs. He was a bus conductor, a building laborer, and a tax officer.
He finished college and became a teacher and worked in an elementary school for two years. On evenings and on weekends, he played in local pubs with jazz bands.
He was nicknamed Sting by Gordon Solomon, leader of the band in which he played, after he performed wearing a black and yellow sweater with hooped stripes, like a bee.