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Last updated the 23.09.2009.

The Phoenix Jazzmen:


The Phoenix Jazzmen recorded a 45 rpm vinyl single back in 1973.
A 7" vinyl single was at recorded at the Impulse Sound Recording Studios in Wallsend produced by David Wood.
A side is: 'I'm The King Of The Swingers' from The Jungle Book and the B side is W. C. Handy's 'Beale Street Blues'.
Sting playes bass on both tracks.

Side A: I'm The King Of The Swingers, 3:47
Side B: Beale Street Blues, 4:17

www.sting.com can confirm this:

"1972 also marked Sting's first ever appearance on record. Contrary to popular opinion this wasn't on the Newcastle Big Band album but was an appearance playing bass on a very rare Phoenix Jazzmen single of King Of The Swingers".

Source: www.Sting.com



LAST EXIT
Gerry Richardson (keyboards)
Sting (Gordon Sumner)(electric bass & vocals)
Ronnie Pearson (drums & vocals)
John Hedley (guitar)

Last Exit sticker
Go to the lyrics Last Exit

The third tape: Last Exit

1). Every Day's Just The Same
2). Carrion Prince
3). Don't Let It Bring You Down
4). Whispering Voices

(4:24)
(4:19)
(3:10)
(3:15)
Last Exit demo music cassette tape master recording
Last Exit demos on demo tape
A letter to certify that the tape is original

The sound on this tape is perfect - no noice or hiss, it's a direct copy from the master tape - and still keept intact.

Notes: The tracks where recorded at Impulse Sound Studio 1974.

1). Every Day's Just The Same, the same version as the one on the first Last Exit tape, but now in intact shape.
2). Carrion Prince, also same track version as the one on the first tape, but now in intact shape.
3). Don't Let It Bring You Down, "new track". (also intact shape) (written by Niel Young).
4). Whispering Voices, this version is in fact a different version than the one from the second tape, and a different version from the 7" single".
(also intact shape too)
Track 4, has Gerry Richardson on the vocals, Sting ofcause on the bass and on the backing vocals. (The track is written by Gerry Richardson).
The letter to this music cassette certify that the tape is original and released from Impulse Sound Studio.


The second MC tape: First from Last Exit

This tape has some different recordings than the first Last Exit tape.
Tracks like Whispering Voices, Carrion Price, Savage Beast, are not the same. All the tracks seems to be earlyer recording, as Stings vocal isn't so dominating as on the first tape. Also Sting shares the vocals with Ronnie Pearson.

First from Last Exit
First from Last Exit demo tape with Sting

1). We Got Something
2). Truth Kills
3). Whispering Voices
4). Carrion Prince
5). Savage Beast
6). I Got It Made
7). I'm On This Train
8). Oh My God
9). A Bit Of Peace (instrumental)

4:05
4:41
2:56
2:48
4:49
3:46
3:45
4:43
3:03
Gerry Richardson
Sting
Gerry Richardson
Sting
Sting
Sting
Gerry Richardson
Sting
*
  * Guest guitarist, Terry Ellis

The first Last Exit tape: the first demos, this tape has previously unreleased tracks:

1. Carrion Prince
2. Every Day's Just The Same
3. I Burn For You
4. Untitled (Instrumental)
5. Fool In Love
6. I'm On This Train
7. Don't You Look At Me
8. Savage Beast
9. Untitled (Instrumental)
10. Soul Music
11. Night In The Grand Hotel

(4:22)
(4:26)
(2:38)
(3:18)
(4:09)
(4:10)
(4:30)
(5:42)
(3:14)
(3:45)
(3:36)

last exit demos unrelased tracks
Last Exit demo recording


Sting started like this:


1972 -1973 Earthrise





1973-1974 Newcastle Big Band














1973 The River City Jazzmen




1973 The Vieux Carre Jazzmen




1973 The Phoenix Jazzmen







1974 - 1977 Last Exit






1976 Strontium 90



1976-1977 The Police


1977-1984 The Police



1978 Eberhard Schoener

1985 Sting

1986 Eberhard Schoener

Gerry Richardson: keyboards
Aldo: Italian trumpet and flugelhorn player
Steve: Tenor sax player
Sting: bass and backup vocals
Megan: Singer

Newcastle Big Band, Sting plays evey sunday at the Newcastle University Theatre. One album was recorded.
Electric Piano - Andy Hudson (Bandleader)
Electric Bass - Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (Sting)
Guitar - John Hedley
Guitar - Kevin Healey
Drums - Don Eddie & Jackie Denton
Saxes: Graham Sheppard - Baritone
Pat Crumley, Cormac Loane - Alto
Nigel Stranger, Charlie Carmichael, Steve Langdon, Alistair Atkinson - tenor
Geoff Hedley - tenor & soprano
Trumpets: John Pearce, Pete Volpe, David Lord, Colin Aitchison, Malcolm Hutton, Alf Parker, Also Bertorelli, Robert Tipady
Trombones: Gordon Solomon, Brian Chester, Mike Walsh, Ronnie Maclean
Ethel Wryhorn - trumpet, Geno Binks - trombone, Dene N. Droll - Reeds

Joe Errington (tpt), Bob King (tmb)
Colin Hopper (bjo)
Joe Shenton (washboard)
Gordon Sumner (bs/gtr)

Peter Gascoigne (tpt)
Ronnie Robinson (clt)
Gordon Sumner (bs/gtr)

The Phoenix Jazzmen was only playing at small clubs. They recorded one 7" vinyl record with two tracks.
Gordon Solomon, trombonist and Bandleader
Don Eddie, Drums
John Hedly, Electric guitar
Graham Shepherd, Clarinetist
Ronnie Young, trumpeter and vocalist
Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (Sting), bass

Last Exit only recorded one 7" vinyl record. But at least 3 different demo tapes (Compact Cassette) was made.
Gerry Richardson (keyboards)
Sting (Gordon Sumner)(electric bass & vocals)
Ronnie Pearson (drums & vocals)
John Hedley (guitar) 1974-1975 John Hedley leaves the band.
1975-1977 Terry Ellis joins the band insted of John Hedley.

Mike Howlett wanted to form a band called Strontium 90, 5 studio tracks with Sting was recorded. A cd in 1997 called: "Strontium - Police Academy" was released and has Sting playing on several tracks, 4 live tracks from Paris.

The Police: Steward Copland, Henry Padovani and Sting. They released one single: Fall Out/Nothing Achieving. Both tracks written by Stewart Copeland.

The Police: Steward Copland, Andy Summers and Sting. They released the following 5 albums:
Outlandos d'Amour, Reggatta de Blanc, Zenyattà Mondatta, Ghost in the Machine, Synchronicity.


The Police worked with the german composer and musician Eberhard Schoener.

Sting goes solo, and makes his first solo album: The Dream Of The Blue Turtles.

Sting works again with Eberhard Schoener. They only recorded one track: Bon Voyage.

 

Last Exit only released one 7" vinyl:
1). Whispering Voices (3:42) written by Gerry Richardson
2). Evensong (4:54) written by Gerry Richardson

IMPULSE SOUND RECORDING STUDIO
Newcastle, England
Produced by David Wood

Last Exit Vinyl

Last Exit 7"

 

 

Last Exit Live - june 1976
The photographer is Peter Johansen. (www.stingme.dk has got rights to bring the photos).


Last Exit live
Guitar, Terry Ellis, drums, Ronnie Pearson,
bass Sting, keyboards Gerry Richardson keyboards

Last Exit, Ronnie Pearson
drums, Ronnie Pearson, bass Sting, keyboards Gerry Richardson keyboards

Guitar, Terry Ellis, drums, Ronnie Pearson, bass Sting, keyboards Gerry Richardson keyboards

Last Exit Live 1976

Last Exit Sting & Gerry

Last Exit Sting and Gerry Richardson

 

 

Different pictures:
The photographer is Lance Liddle. (www.stingme.dk has got rights to bring the photos).

 

Last Exit drummer: Ronnie Pearson
Last Exit drummer: Ronnie Pearson

Newcastle Big Band
Newcastle Big Band

John Hedly guitar
Last Exit guitar: John Hedly

John Hedly


Last Exit guitar: John Hedly

Gordon Solomon
Gordon Solomon, trombonist and the bandleader of The Phoenix Jazzmen

Newcastle Big Band

Newcastle Big Band

 

 

Baltic Arts Centre May 2006 - NEWCASTLE / Thirty Years After
The photographer is Lance Liddel. (www.stingme.dk has got rights to bring the photos).

 

Newcastle Big Band Thirty Years After
Thirty Years After

Terry, Germaine, Sting & Gerry
Terry, Germaine, Sting & Gerry

Rhythm Section
Rhythm Section

Pete Volpé, John Hedley, Sting & Gerry Richardson
Pete Volpé, John Hedley, Sting & Gerry Richardson

Sting and Backing Duo
Sting and Backing Duo


Terry Ellis and Sting


 

2nd of August 1975 Last Exit played in Getxo at the first GETXO JAZZ FESTIVAL
The photographer is Kepa Urkiza. Unfortunately, he died three years ago. (www.stingme.dk has got rights to bring the photos).

 

Last Exit played in Getxo
Last Exit played at the spanish GETXO JAZZ FESTIVAL 1975

GETXO JAZZ FESTIVAL

Last Exit GETXO JAZZ FESTIVAL Live

Last Exit live band

 Sting 1975

Last Exit 1975

 

 

 

 

 

LYRICS from Last Exit can be found here

 

 

 

Picture of Last Exit - (www.stingme.dk has got rights to bring the photos).
The photographer is Rik Walton, check Rik's amazing site with lots of photos of Rocks stars - also pictures of The Police. www.rikwalton.com

Last Exit with Sting


Picture of Last Exit - (www.stingme.dk has got rights to bring the photos).
The photographer is Rik Walton, check Rik's amazing site with lots of photos of Rocks stars - also pictures of The Police. www.rikwalton.com

Last Exit Sting John Hedly


Picture of Last Exit - (www.stingme.dk has got rights to bring the photos).
The photographer is Rik Walton, check Rik's amazing site with lots of photos of Rocks stars - also pictures of The Police. www.rikwalton.com

Last Exit Sting

Newcastle Big Band

Picture of Newcastle Big Band, notice John Hedly and Sting, and above their heads the sign: EXIT, they did and formed: Last Exit :-)

Newcaslte Big Band Sting and John Hedly

John Hedly & Sting

Sting in Newcastle Big Band

Newcastle Big Band LP

Above pictures are from the Newcastle Big Band LP record.

Photos by Rik Walton

Distributed by Impulse Organisation, 41 High Street West NE28 7 RJ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Side two is the same label :-)


Picture of Newcastle Big Band, notice Gerry Richardson, John Hedly, Sting and Ronnie Pearson.
www.stingme.dk has got rights to bring the photos
The photographer is Rik Walton, check Rik's amazing site with lots of photos of Rocks stars - also pictures of The Police. www.rikwalton.com

Newcaslte Big Band Sting and John Hedly


Picture of Newcastle Big Band, notice Gerry Richardson, John Hedly, Sting and Ronnie Pearson.
www.stingme.dk has got rights to bring the photos
The photographer is Rik Walton, check Rik's amazing site with lots of photos of Rocks stars - also pictures of The Police. www.rikwalton.com

Newcaslte Big Band Sting and John Hedly

Picture of Newcastle Big Band, notice Gerry Richardson, John Hedly, Sting and Ronnie Pearson.
www.stingme.dk has got rights to bring the photos
The photographer is Rik Walton, check Rik's amazing site with lots of photos of Rocks stars - also pictures of The Police. www.rikwalton.com

Newcaslte Big Band Sting and John Hedly

Picture of Newcastle Big Band, notice John Hedly and Sting
www.stingme.dk has got rights to bring the photos
The photographer is Rik Walton, check Rik's amazing site with lots of photos of Rocks stars - also pictures of The Police. www.rikwalton.com

Newcaslte Big Band Sting and John Hedly


Newcastle Big Band accounts 1973

List to the left:

 

Lance Liddle writes to me:

Copy of Newcastle Big Band accounts 1973.

First Column amount earned in pounds sterling first 3 months of 1973.

Second & third columns amount received from single gigs.

 

 

24.01.2009 note from Lance Liddle:

Hi Kenneth,

I will try and answer your questions as well as possible.
The Newcastle Big Band record was made after I left the band.

Most of the guys in the big band played in various small bands and I was finding it difficult to play on Sunday mornings after playing late on Saturday nights.

I have attached a copy of the big band accounts for 1973 where both Sting and I were getting £2 per gig - times have changed!
The big band was a very fluid thing and a lot of musicians came, went, returned, went again and so on. I'll try and come up with some names later.

I only heard Earthrise once but they were a good jazz/rock band. Aldo was Aldo Bertorelli and Steve was Steve Langdon.
The Phoenix was the main trad band that Sting played with. I'll check River city and Vieux Carre names out later.
I knew Sting mainly through the Big Band although I also new him as I worked in a local music shop.

Originally, Gerry Richardson played bass with the Newcastle Big Band and Andy Hudson played piano. However, as this meant Andy jumping up from the piano to conduct and announce then going back to the piano Andy said to Gerry "You find a bass player then you can play piano and I'll stay out front." Gerry pointed to his mate Gordon sitting at the side of the stage and said, "He'll do it" whereupon Gordon Sumner joined the band and the rest as they say ...

 

Thanks to Lance Liddle for sharing pictures, do vist Lances Blog