Andrew James "Andy" Summers (born 31 December 1942) is an English musician, born in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire. Best known as the guitarist for the rock band The Police, he has also recorded twelve solo albums, collaborated with many other artists, toured extensively under his own name, published several books, and composed several film scores.
During Summers' childhood, his family moved to Bournemouth in Dorset, England. After several years of piano lessons, he took up the guitar at the age of thirteen. By age sixteen he was playing in local clubs and by nineteen he had moved to London with his friend Zoot Money to form Zoot Money's Big Roll Band.
Although Sting was the lead vocalist of the band, Summers occasionally contributed lead vocals, as with "Be My Girl/Sally" (1978), "Friends" (1980), "Mother" (1983) and "Someone to Talk To" (1983). Other notable Summers' compositions from this period are "Omegaman" (which would have been released as the debut single from the 1981 "Ghost in the Machine" album had Sting not objected), "Shambelle" (1981), and "Murder by Numbers" (1983). In early 1984, after seven years together and record sales around eighty million, the Police disbanded...
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