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Andy Summers

Andy Summers
Background information
Birth name Andrew James Somers
Born 31 December 1942 (1942-12-31) (age 67)
Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, England
Genres Rock, jazz, post-punk, New Wave, reggae
Occupations Musician, songwriter, Photographer, producer
Instruments Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Years active 1959(gigging) 1964(recording) - present
Associated acts The Police, The Animals, Soft Machine, Robert Fripp, Kevin Ayers, John Etheridge
Website andysummers.com
Notable instruments
Fender Telecaster
Fender Stratocaster

Andy Summers (born Andrew James Somers 31 December 1942) is an English guitarist and composer best known for his work in The Police and Eric Burdon & The Animals.

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Biography

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Early life

Andrew James Summers was born on 31 December 1942 in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, England[1] to his parents, Maurice and Jean Somers. When he was a young child, he moved to Bournemouth, Dorset,[1] upon which he took up the guitar at age 14.[citation needed] By 17, he was playing in local clubs.[1] While a teen he worked in a Bournemouth music store frequented by a young Robert Fripp.[2] Although Summers had been essentially self-taught when he began his professional musical career, he studied classical guitar at California State University at Northridge[3][4] for four years until 1973.

Pre-Police career

Summers began his recording career in the 1960s as the guitarist for the R&B group Zoot Money's Big Roll Band, and its subsequent psychedelic-era incarnation, Dantalian's Chariot.[1][3] In 1968, Summers was a member (for a couple of months, from May to July[citation needed]) of the Canterbury scene jazz fusion band Soft Machine,[3][5] although he did not record with the group[citation needed] He also recorded with Eric Burdon and The Animals[1] (The Animals),[3] and spent much of the mid-seventies doing session work for Kevin Ayers, Kevin Coyne, and others.[1] He was also a member of the band Strontium 90 along with Sting, Stewart Copeland and Mike Howlett.[6]

When he moved back to London, he changed his surname from Somers to Summers.[1]

The Police (1977–1983; 2007-2008)

Summers achieved international prominence as the guitarist for The Police (which he first had contact with in 1977, and of which he was the oldest member by almost a decade), most notably on popular hits such as "Message in a Bottle", "Don't Stand So Close to Me", and "Every Breath You Take". Summers also wrote songs for the Police, such as "Omegaman"[7] and "Mother"[8], and his instrumental "Behind My Camel" (on which Sting refused to play)[2] won the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental in 1980. Although Sting was the primary lead vocalist, Summers sang lead vocals on several songs, including "Be My Girl - Sally" (which he co-wrote) and "Mother." [9]

Post-Police

After the break-up of The Police in 1983, Summers continued his musical career, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with other musicians. He has also developed his career as a writer (of books and essays) and a photographer.

Equipment

The Police Years 1977-1984

Guitars

Amps

Pedalboards

Discography

Studio albums

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Chris Welch (1996). The complete guide to the music of the Police and Sting. London: Omnibus Press. p. xii. ISBN 9780711953024. "Andy Summers was born Andrew James Somers on December 31, 1942. in Poulton-le-Fylde. Lancashire." 
  2. ^ a b Summers, Andy (2006), One Train Later: A Memoir, New York, N.Y.: Thomas Dunne
  3. ^ a b c d Pete Prown and HP Newquist (1997). Legends of rock guitar : the essential reference of rock's greatest guitarists. Milwaukee, WI: Leonard. p. 176. ISBN 9780793540426. 
  4. ^ "Ghosts In The Machine". Guitar World (Future US) (Vol. 28, Num. 10): 47. October 2007. ISSN 1045-6295. 
  5. ^ Soft machinelast=Bennett. London: SAF. 2005. p. 141. ISBN 9780946719846. 
  6. ^ Chris Welch (1996). The complete guide to the music of The Police and Sting. London: Omnibus Press. p. xi. ISBN 9780711953024. "Andy Summers was born Andrew James Somers on December 31, 1942. in Poulton-le-Fylde. Lancashire." 
  7. ^ Chris Welch (1996). The complete guide to the music of The Police and Sting. London: Omnibus Press. p. 25. ISBN 9780711953024. 
  8. ^ Chris Welch (1996). The complete guide to the music of The Police and Sting. London: Omnibus Press. p. 31. ISBN 9780711953024. 
  9. ^ Frank W. Hoffmann, Howard Ferstle (2005). Encyclopedia of recorded sound. New York, NY: Routledge. p. 845. ISBN 9780415938358. 
  10. ^ The Unofficial Andy Summers Website

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