Reggatta's first single, ' Message In A Bottle', streaked to number one and the album's success was consolidated further when ' Walking On The Moon' also hit the top slot. 1980 saw them undertake a world tour with stops on all continents - including the first rock concerts in Bombay - and the band eventually returned to the UK exhausted, for two final shows in Sting's hometown of Newcastle.Much of this groundbreaking tour was captured on the ' Police Around The World' video and a BBC documentary entitled ' The Police in the East'.
The sound the trio made was unique though, and Sting's pin-up looks did them no harm at all.
The band returned to the UK to find the reissued ' Roxanne' single charting, and played a sell-out tour of mid-size venues. The debut album ' Outlandos d' Amour' (Oct 78) delivered three sizeable hits with ' Roxanne', ' Can't Stand Losing You' and ' So Lonely' which in turn led to a headlining slot at the '79 Reading Festival which won the band some fine reviews, but it was with ' Reggatta de Blanc' (Oct 79) that the band stepped up a gear.
The album was preceded by the release of a new single ' Every Breath You Take' (May 83) which immediately went to number one on both sides of the Atlantic and simply stayed there.
Dressed up as a love song, the song was anything but - its sinister theme being one of obsession and surveillance.
A lead role in "The Bride" and supporting parts in "Plenty" and "Julia and Julia" followed before Sting picked up a guitar again. In June 1985, Sting released his first solo album ' The Dream Of The Blue Turtles' and it was a revelation.