Happy Birthday Stewart Copeland!
Stewart Copeland was born in Alexandria, Virginia US, on July 16, 1952.
Founder and drummer of The Police, Copeland is multi-instrumentalist and percussionist, composer for film and video games soundtracks. He has also written various pieces of music for ballet, opera and orchestra.
Stewart is a recipient of the Hollywood Film Festival’s first Outstanding Music in Film Visionary Award, and a 2003 inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: he was also admitted to the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2016 Copeland was ranked #10 on Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time".
His career includes the sale of more than 60 million records worldwide, and has won him five Grammy Awards.
And now 5 things you probably didn't know about Stewart Copeland.
Under the guise of 'Klark Kent,' Copeland recorded a series of single releases that were released on green vinyl between 1978 and 1980. He played all of the instruments himself and the tracks were all eventually re-released on CD with bonus tracks in 1995 on the 'Kollected Works' release.
The Klark Kent project gave Copeland his first hit, but not as a drummer. As an accomplished guitarist, Copeland scored a Top 50 hit in the U.K. with the Klark Kent song 'Don't Care' in 1978. In an interview with Guitar International, Copeland said he plays guitar more than drums in his spare time these days.
Copeland hit the road in 1974 as the road manager for progressive rock band Curved Air and he eventually segued into drumming for the group in 1975 and 1976 before the Police formed in 1977.
Prior to venturing into opera, Copeland took a couple of stabs at ballet, something that he was admittedly inexperienced with — similar to his lack of operatic experience. He collaborated with the San Francisco Ballet on a version of 'King Lear.'
During his time with the Police, Copeland was constantly shooting video of the group's activities. Years later, he took the 50+ hours of Super 8 video footage and edited them into the Police documentary 'Everybody Stares,' a must-view for Police fans.