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Andy Summers
Andy Summers
Andy Summers
Background information
Born December 31, 1942 (1942-12-31) (age 64)
Poulton-le-Fylde, England
Origin Bournemouth, England
Genre(s) Rock, Pop, Jazz fusion, Contemporary jazz, Reggae
Occupation(s) Musician
Instrument(s) Electric Guitar, Guitar synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar
Years active 1968 - present
Associated
acts
The Police
Robert Fripp
Kevin Ayers
John Etheridge
Website andysummers.com
Notable instrument(s)
Fender Telecaster

Andy Summers (born Andrew James Somers 31 December 1942) is an English guitarist and composer best known for his work in The Police. Summers' primary guitars are the Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster when playing rock, and Gibson electric guitars when playing jazz fusion and jazz. His playing has been influenced by years of jazz and classical music studies, as well as his work in new age, rock, and other musical genres. He was born in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, England. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... , Poulton-le-Fylde is a town within the Wyre borough of Lancashire, England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... , Bournemouth is a large town and tourist resort, situated on the south coast of England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... Jazz fusion (or jazz-rock fusion or fusion) is a musical genre that merges elements of jazz with other styles of music, particularly pop, rock, folk, reggae, funk, metal, country, R&B, hip hop, electronic music and world music. ... Smooth jazz is a controversial term, denoting a form of music that many jazz lovers do not consider to be a form of jazz, and that others do. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... An electric guitar An electric guitar is a type of guitar that uses pickups to convert the vibration of its steel-cored strings into electrical current, which is then amplified. ... A guitar/synthesizer (also guitar synthesizer, guitar/synth, or guitar synth) is any one of a number of systems originally conceived to allow a guitar player to play synthesizers. ... Acoustic guitar can refer to the following musical instruments: Nylon and gut stringed guitars: Renaissance guitar Baroque guitar Romantic guitar Classical guitar, the modern version of the original guitar, with nylon strings Flamenco guitar Steel stringed guitars: Steel-string acoustic guitar, also known as western, folk or country guitar Twelve... This article is about the rock band. ... Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946 in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England) is a guitarist, record producer and a composer, perhaps best known for being the guitarist for, and only constant member of, the progressive rock band King Crimson. ... Kevin Ayers (born 16 August 1944 in Herne Bay, Kent) is an English songwriter and major influential force in the early English psychedelic movement. ... John Etheridge (born January 12, 1948 in London) is a british jazz/fusion guitarist associated with the Canterbury Scene. ... The Fender Telecaster, also known as a Tele, is typically a dual-pickup, solid-body electric guitar made by Fender. ... is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link will display the full 1942 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article is about the rock band. ... The Fender Telecaster, also known as a Tele, is typically a dual-pickup, solid-body electric guitar made by Fender. ... Stratocaster redirects here. ... The Gibson Guitar Corporation, of Nashville, Tennessee, USA, is one of the worlds best-known manufacturers of acoustic and electric guitars. ... Jazz fusion (or jazz-rock fusion or fusion) is a musical genre that merges elements of jazz with other styles of music, particularly pop, rock, folk, reggae, funk, metal, country, R&B, hip hop, electronic music and world music. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... New Age describes a broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... , Poulton-le-Fylde is a town within the Wyre borough of Lancashire, England. ... Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England, bounded to the west by the Irish Sea. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...

Contents

Education

Although Andy Summers had been essentially self-taught when he began his professional musical career, he studied classical guitar at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) for four years until 1973. The University of California, Los Angeles, popularly known as UCLA, is a public, coeducational university situated in the neighborhood of Westwood within the city of Los Angeles. ...


Performing career

Though born in Lancashire, Summers grew up in Bournemouth, Dorset, where he started playing jazz guitar as a teenager in local clubs. While a teen he worked in a Bournemouth music store frequented by a young Robert Fripp. He also played with Alicia in Brazil in 2008. , Bournemouth is a large town and tourist resort, situated on the south coast of England. ... Dorset (pronounced DOR-sit or [dɔ.sət], and sometimes in the past called Dorsetshire) is a county in the south-west of England, on the English Channel coast. ... Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946 in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England) is a guitarist, record producer and a composer, perhaps best known for being the guitarist for, and only constant member of, the progressive rock band King Crimson. ...


Career prior to the Police

Summers began his recording career in the 1960s as the guitarist for Zoot Money's Big Roll Band and its subsequent psychedelic-era incarnation, Dantalian's Chariot. Both were popular acts on the London club scene. Summers was a member for a couple of months (May-July 1968) of the Canterbury scene jazz fusion band Soft Machine, although he did not record with the group. He also recorded with Eric Burdon and the New Animals, and spent much of the mid-seventies doing session work for Neil Sedaka, Joan Armatrading, Kevin Ayers, Kevin Coyne, Tim Rose, and Jon Lord, and others. At one point, Summers was considered as a replacement for Mick Taylor, as lead guitarist for The Rolling Stones; the group eventually chose Ron Wood instead. He was also a member of the pre-Police band Strontium 90 along with Sting, Stewart Copeland and Mike Howlett which was a group formed by Howlett as a part of a reunion concert with his former band Gong where each band member presented a group of their own. Howlett is also credied with getting Summers, Sting and Copeland together to play music together for the first time in a group setting. Zoot Money is a pianist, organist, and actor, born George Bruno Money on 17th June 1942, who appeared (playing a promotions man) in the film Breaking Glass with Hazel OConnor. ... The Canterbury Scene (or Canterbury Sound) is a term used to loosely describe the group of progressive rock musicians that were based around the city of Canterbury, Kent, England during the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... Jazz fusion (or jazz-rock fusion or fusion) is a musical genre that merges elements of jazz with other styles of music, particularly pop, rock, folk, reggae, funk, metal, country, R&B, hip hop, electronic music and world music. ... For the book by William S. Burroughs, see The Soft Machine. ... The US edition of The Animals self-titled debut album. ... Neil Sedaka (born March 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American pop singer, pianist, and songwriter often associated with the Brill Building. ... It has been suggested that The Weakness in Me be merged into this article or section. ... Kevin Ayers (born 16 August 1944 in Herne Bay, Kent) is an English songwriter and major influential force in the early English psychedelic movement. ... Kevin Coyne was a singer, composer, writer and painter. ... Timothy Alan Patrick Rose (September 23, 1940 – September 24, 2002) was an American singer-songwriter. ... Jon Douglas Lord (born Leicester 9 June 1941) is an English composer, Hammond organ and piano player. ... Michael Mick Kevin Taylor (born 17 January 1949 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire) is an English musician best known as the former guitarist for The Rolling Stones. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In the mid-1970s, in order to avoid having to spell it out for people, Summers changed his surname from "Somers" to "Summers".


The Police

Summers achieved international prominence as the guitarist for The Police, most notably on popular hits such as "Message in a Bottle", "Don't Stand So Close to Me", and "Every Breath You Take". Summers also wrote songs for the Police, such as "Omegaman" and "Mother", and his instrumental "Behind My Camel" won the Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental in 1980. Summers provides vocals for the song "Be My Girl - Sally" (from the album Outlandos D'Amour), taking the part of the narrator telling - in a broad Yorkshire accent - about his adventures with Sally, the inflatable doll. He is also the vocalist for the songs "Mother", "Friends", and "Someone To Talk To". "Mother" appeared on the Synchronicity album. "Friends", and "Someone To Talk To" never appeared on a Police studio album, but are part of the box set Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings. This article is about the rock band. ... Message in a Bottle is a 1979 song by The Police, from their second album, Reggatta de Blanc. ... Dont Stand So Close to Me is a famous 1980 song and hit single by the British pop group The Police. ... Every Breath You Take is a song written by Sting and originally performed by The Police. ...


Eschewing fancy guitar pyrotechnics, Summers' style is notable for its depth of sound, characterized by tasteful use of compressor, chorus, and echo effects[citation needed]. Summers' tone, produced by a battered, heavily customized Fender Telecaster run through various modulation and delay units, ranked with that of Eddie Van Halen and The Edge as one of the most frequently copied of the 1980s. He was also an early adopter of Roland guitar synthesizer technology, best demonstrated with the Police on the Synchronicity track "Walking in Your Footsteps." He is also known for syncopative rhythm playing. The Fender Telecaster, also known as a Tele, is typically a dual-pickup, solid-body electric guitar made by Fender. ... Edward Lodewijk Eddie Van Halen (born January 26, 1955)[1], is a Dutch-American guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer most famous for being the lead guitarist and a co-founder of the hard rock band, Van Halen. ... For other subjects called The Edge, see The Edge (disambiguation). ... In music, syncopation is when a stressing of a normally unstressed beat in a bar or failure to sound a tone on an accented beat occurs. ...


Career subsequent to the Police

Summers' musical credits include film scores, most famously Down and Out in Beverly Hills and Weekend at Bernie's. He also dabbled in late night television as the band leader and composer for actor/comic Dennis Miller's brief-lived first talk show. Summers guest-starred in an episode of TV's The Hitchhiker and had a bit part in the comedy Another You, starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. Summers also was briefly a member in 1987 of the group Rush Hour, which became Animal Logic with ex-Police drummer Stewart Copeland. A film score is a set of musical compositions written to accompany a film. ... Down and Out in Beverly Hills is a 1986 American comedy motion picture starring Nick Nolte, Bette Midler and Richard Dreyfuss. ... Weekend at Bernies is a comedic American motion picture released in 1989. ... Dennis Miller (born November 3, 1953) is an American Emmy Award-winning comedian, political commentator, television personality, and talk radio host. ... The Hitchhiker is an anthology television series mystery airing from 1983 to 1990 on HBO. Each episode is introduced and concluded by a mysterious wanderer known only as The Hitchhiker, and explores the foibles of humanity and its dark spirit. ... Another You was an American comedy film released in 1991. ... Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933) is an American actor who is best known for his role as Willy Wonka, his collaborations with Mel Brooks in Blazing Saddles, The Producers, and Young Frankenstein, and his four movies with Richard Pryor: Silver Streak, Stir Crazy, See No Evil... Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American comedian, actor, and writer. ... Animal Logic is the name of a band (and its eponymous first release) formed in 1989 by Stewart Copeland, Stanley Clarke, and Deborah Holland. ... Stewart Armstrong Copeland (born July 16, 1952) is an American musician, best known as the drummer for the band The Police and is an influential drum stylist. ...


Summers has released numerous recordings as a leader or in collaboration with other musicians, including John Etheridge, Vinnie Colaiuta, Robert Fripp, Herbie Hancock, Brian Auger, Eliane Elias, Tony Levin, Ginger Baker, Deborah Harry, Q-Tip, and Sting, among others. Summers also taped a two-part guitar instructional video for Hot Licks. John Etheridge (born January 12, 1948 in London) is a british jazz/fusion guitarist associated with the Canterbury Scene. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946 in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England) is a guitarist, record producer and a composer, perhaps best known for being the guitarist for, and only constant member of, the progressive rock band King Crimson. ... Herbert Jeffrey Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an Academy Award and multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and composer from Chicago, Illinois, U.S. Hancock is one of jazz musics most important and influential pianists and composers. ... This article or section reads like an advertisement. ... Eliane Elias (born March 19, 1960 in São Paulo, Brazil) is a jazz pianist based in New York since 1981. ... Tony Levin (born June 6, 1946, Boston, Massachusetts) is an influential American bass player. ... Peter Edward Ginger Baker (born August 19, 1939, Lewisham, South London) is an English drummer who gained fame as a member of the Graham Bond Organization (GBO) and Cream from 1966 until 1968. ... Debbie Harry on the cover of her collection Most of All: Best Of Deborah Harry (born July 1, 1945) is a Miami-born American rock and roll musician who originally gained fame as the frontwoman for New Wave band Blondie, which originated in the late 1970s and achieved commercial success... Q-Tip (born Jonathan Davis in Brooklyn, New York), USA, is a North American hip-hop emcee, actor, and hip hop producer who was the leader of the critically acclaimed group A Tribe Called Quest. ... Sting in Budapest, 2000 Gordon Matthew Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951), usually known by his stage name Sting, is an English musician from Newcastle upon Tyne. ...


The Police reunion

In March 2003, Summers, Sting and Copeland reunited for the induction of The Police into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Later that year, Summers released his tenth solo album, Earth + Sky, which consisted of instrumental music. His most recent release is an album called The X Tracks, which is something of a retrospective of his musical efforts between 1997 and 2002. Recently, Summers has been performing at jazz clubs and other venues a few times each year. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ...


At the 2007 Grammy Awards, Summers, Stewart Copeland and Sting performed together again as The Police. This marked the band's first public performance since 1986 other than their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. One day later, the band announced that in celebration of The Police's 30th anniversary, they would be embarking on a worldwide reunion tour beginning on May 28, 2007. By the final leg of the tour, Summers will be 65 years of age. Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Stewart Armstrong Copeland (born July 16, 1952) is an American musician, best known as the drummer for the band The Police and is an influential drum stylist. ... Sting circa 1987 Gordon Matthew Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951), best known by his stage name Sting, is an English musician and formerly bassist and lead singer of The Police. ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ... The Police Reunion Tour is a 2007-2008 concert tour by The Police, marking the 30th anniversary of their beginnings. ... is the 148th day of the year (149th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Writing and photography career

In addition to being a musician, Summers is a published writer and photographer. His recent book with Ralph Gibson, Light Strings: Impressions of the Guitar, published by Chronicle Books, contains various passages about different types of music, guitars, and personal stories. Ralph Gibson (born January 16th, 1939, Los Angeles, California) is an American art photographer best known for his photographic books. ... Chronicle Books is a San Francisco-based American publisher of books for adults and children. ...


His autobiography, One Train Later: A Memoir, (with a foreword by U2's The Edge) was released in October 2006. This article is about the Irish rock band. ... For other subjects called The Edge, see The Edge (disambiguation). ...


Summers is well-known for frequently carrying a camera and taking pictures of his experiences. In August 2007, he has published I'll Be Watching You, a photographic journal of his years with The Police. He has continued his photography during The Police's current reunion tour and has switched to using digital cameras for the first time. An exhibit of some of the photographs from I'll Be Watching You has toured several cities in Canada.[1] The Police Reunion Tour is a 2007-2008 concert tour by The Police, marking the 30th anniversary of their beginnings. ... Look up digital camera in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Equipment

Summers owns a notable collection of various guitars and has used many combinations of guitars, effects, and amplifiers over the years.


1977 – 1984

During Summers' career with The Police, he used a wide array of guitars. He used different guitars on each album, on tour, and even in Police music videos. His most notable guitar was a modified sunburst double-bound 1963 Fender Telecaster Custom that had previously belonged to Eric Clapton. This guitar featured a Gibson PAF humbucking pickup in the neck position and an active on-board preamp that is responsible for much of what fans consider the "classic" Police guitar sound. Summers used this guitar extensively while recording and touring with The Police and still uses it currently. In addition to his modified 1963 Telecaster, Andy also plays occasionally a Fiesta Red 1961 Fender Stratocaster as a backup guitar (used extensively on the Synchronicity album of 1983). He played many Gibson guitars during this time: a 1958 ES-335, two ES-175s, and others. For the Synchronicity album, Summers obtained a Gibson Chet Atkins Electric Classical. He played this guitar on the "Miss Gradenko" track, and it appears in the video for "Wrapped Around Your Finger". Summers used a number of Hamer guitars: a Hamer Standard in the video for "Can't Stand Losing You", a Hamer Sunburst in some Zenyattà Mondatta tracks, and several custom Hamer guitars on many other songs. Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born 30 March 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... Synchronicity is the fifth album by The Police, released in 1983. ... The Gibson ES-335 was the worlds first commercial semi-hollowbody electric guitar, released by Gibson Guitar Corporation in 1958. ... The ES-175, next to the L5, is the most famous jazz guitar in history. ... Synchronicity is the fifth album by The Police, released in 1983. ... Wrapped Around Your Finger is the second UK single from The Polices 1983 album Synchronicity. ... Hamer Guitars is a guitar manufacturing company founded by Jol Dantzig and business partner Paul Hamer in 1973. ... Alternate cover Cant Stand Losing You is a song by rock band The Police, first released in 1978 as a single and on their album Outlandos dAmour. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Summers played through a variety of effects pedals including several Echoplex units the band obtained around the time of Outlandos D'Amour. He played through the same effects both in the studio and on stage, allowing him to duplicate his tone for a particular song anywhere. Summers used Marshall half-stacks for amplification.[2] Delay is an audio effect which records an input signal to an audio storage medium, and then plays it back after a period of time[1]. The delayed signal may either be played back multiple times, or played back into the recording again, to create the sound of a repeating... Outlandos dAmour is the debut album by The Police, released in 1978 (see 1978 in music). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


1985 – 1996

When The Police disbanded and Summers' solo career got underway, he began to experiment with different combinations of guitars and effects (including two Roland guitar synthesizers, a Strat-style GR-505 and a GR-707). While he still used many of his older guitars, especially the Telecaster, he made extensive use of Steve Klein Custom Guitars. As the 1990s progressed, he began using a Gibson ES-335 since he was dissatisfied with how the Klein sounded live for long periods of playing. The ES-335 was also more suited for jazz, a genre Summers pursued at the time. Summers also used several acoustic guitars while recording Invisible Threads, such as a Gibson B-25, a Martin D-28, and a custom acoustic made by British luthier Andrew Manson.[3] The Gibson ES-335 was the worlds first commercial semi-hollowbody electric guitar, released by Gibson Guitar Corporation in 1958. ... The Gibson B series was a series of acoustic guitars manufactured by Gibson Guitar Corporation between 1961 and 1979, and as a reissue to a limited degree from 1991 to 1992. ... The Martin logo. ... An engravers impression of Antonio Stradivari examining an instrument. ...


1997 – present

Summers continues to make heavy use of the ES-335 which is especially suited to jazz music. He has also used archtop guitars by noted luthier Robert Benedetto. For the 2007-2008 Police reunion tour, Summers is once again using the Telecaster and others older guitars that he used on Police albums. Summers strongly prefers analog effects pedals in both studio and live settings and continues to use widely ranging effects setups.[4] Epiphone Emperor, an archtop design. ... Robert Benedetto (born October 22, 1946 in The Bronx, New York) is an American luthier. ...


Personal

Summers married his first wife Robin Lane (later of Robin Lane & the Chartbusters) in 1968. The couple divorced in 1970. In 1973, he married Kate, a psychology graduate, and they had a daughter, Layla Zoe Summers (born in 1978). Kate and Summers divorced in 1981 but remarried in 1985. During the period estranged from Kate, Summers fathered a son, Andrew, with another woman. Andrew was later legally adopted by Martin Turner of Wishbone Ash. In 1987, twin sons Maurice X and Anton Y Summers were born. The kids were given a letter (i.e., X, Y) for a middle name in conjunction with his first solo album, XYZ. Robin Lane & the Chartbusters (1980 album) Robin Lane (born April 3, 1954, Los Angeles, California) is an American rock singer and songwriter. ... Martin Turner (born 1 October 1947, Torquay, Devon) was the bass guitarist and a founder member of the the rock band, Wishbone Ash, which was famed for its twin lead guitars and complex instrumental style. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Discography

Studio

  • I Advance Masked - 1982 (with Robert Fripp)
  • Bewitched - 1984 (with Robert Fripp)
  • XYZ - 1987
  • Mysterious Barricades - 1988
  • The Golden Wire - 1989
  • Charming Snakes - 1990
  • World Gone Strange - 1991
  • Invisible Threads - 1993 (with John Etheridge)
  • Synaesthesia - 1996
  • The Last Dance of Mr. X - 1997
  • Strings of Desire - 1998 (with Victor Biglione)
  • Green Chimneys: The Music of Thelonious Monk - 1999
  • Peggy's Blue Skylight - 2000 (with vocals by Deborah Harry on the track "Weird Nightmare")
  • Earth + Sky - 2004
  • Splendid Brasil - 2005 (with Victor Biglione)
  • First You Build a Cloud - 2007 (with Ben Verdery)

Robert Fripp chronology Andy Summers chronology I Advance Masked is a 1982 album by Andy Summers and Robert Fripp. ... Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946 in Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England) is a guitarist, record producer and a composer, perhaps best known for being the guitarist for, and only constant member of, the progressive rock band King Crimson. ... John Etheridge (born January 12, 1948 in London) is a british jazz/fusion guitarist associated with the Canterbury Scene. ... Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 10, 1917 – February 17, 1982) was a jazz pianist and composer. ... Debbie Harry on the cover of her collection Most of All: Best Of Deborah Harry (born July 1, 1945) is a Miami-born American rock and roll musician who originally gained fame as the frontwoman for New Wave band Blondie, which originated in the late 1970s and achieved commercial success...

References

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