Sting does barbourshop version of “Roxanne” with Jimmy Fallon and you won’t recognize it…or Sting! Vancouver, BC, Canada / Rock 101 - Greatest Hits 70s 80s & 90s May 24, 2015 03:02 pm Wow….not only did we not recognize the song, but Sting seems to be in bearded cognito. A few facts about Sting you may not know…. Sting was born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner on October 2, 1951. His first interest in music was an old Spanish acoustic guitar. He worked as a tax collector to get by in the early days. He earned the nickname “Sting” from a black & yellow sweater he wore. He made his first live solo appearance at a benefit for Amnesty International. He decided to leave the Police in 1983 because he felt they had peaked. He sings the famous “I want my MTV” line in the Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing”. He is renowned for his social activism.