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


Early life

Andrew James Summers was born on 31 December 1942 in Poulton-le-Fyldemarker, Lancashiremarker, Englandmarker to his parents, Maurice and Jean Somers. When he was a young child, he moved to Bournemouthmarker, Dorsetmarker, upon which he took up the guitar at age 14. By 17, he was playing in local clubs. While a teen he worked in a Bournemouth music store frequented by a young Robert Fripp. Although Summers had been essentially self-taught when he began his professional musical career, he studied classical guitar at California State University at Northridgemarker 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.In 1968, Summers was a member (for a couple of months, from May to July ) of the Canterbury scene jazz fusion band Soft Machine, although he did not record with the group He also recorded with Eric Burdon and The Animals (The Animals), and spent much of the mid-seventies doing session work for Kevin Ayers, Kevin Coyne, and others.He was also a member of the band Strontium 90 along with Sting, Stewart Copeland and Mike Howlett.

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

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" and "Mother", and his instrumental "Behind My Camel" (which Sting refused to play on) won the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental in 1980. Although Sting was the primary lead vocalist, Summers sang lead vocals on several songs, including "Sally" and "Mother."


The Police Years 1977-1984





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