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They quit at the peak of their popularity, breaking up after five albums. A lot of the hostility that led to their breakup was caused by song selection. Each member wanted more of his songs on the albums, mainly because the writer received the royalties, and unlike bands like U2 and Van Halen, The Police did not share songwriting credits.
The Police started as a punk band, originally with guitarist Henry Padovani. They played more complex styles when Andy Summers
For a short time they had four members, but they fired Padovani once it became clear that Summers would work out.
They're from England, but first gained popularity in the US, where they attracted a following after touring small clubs, including CBGBs.
Before they hit it big, all three members dyed their hair blond for a Wrigley's Gum commercial in 1978.
Copeland's father was a member of the CIA. (thanks, John - Cheshire, England)
The Police reunited in 2007, opening the Grammy awards with a performance of "Roxanne
" before going on tour. Their previous performance was in 2003 when they were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
Their rise coincided with MTV, which went on the air in 1981. With their intriguing videos and photogenic look, they received a great deal of promotion on the channel. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
The champion race horse Zenyatta was named after The Police album Zenyatta Mondatta. Jerry Moss, who signed The Police to his label A&M Records (Moss is the "M", his partner Herb Alpert is the "A"), bought the horse when she was a yearling for $60,000 from former PolyGram records CFO Eric Kronfeld, and named her after the album. The investment paid off for Moss - Zenyatta won over $7 million in purses.
They won the Grammy award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance two years in a row, for "Reggatta de Blanc" and "Behind My Camel
Their first gigs were on tour with the female punk singer Cherry Vanilla; they would perform first, then Sting and Copeland would act as her backup band. Cherry Vanilla released two albums in the '70s but never made it big as a singer. She later became an author.