Stewart Copeland

Born Jul 16, 1952

Stewart Armstrong Copeland is an American musician, best known as the drummer for the band The Police. During the group's extended hiatus from the mid-1980s to 2007, he played in other bands and composed soundtracks. Copeland was ranked by a Rolling Stone magazine reader poll in 2010 as the fifth greatest drummer of all time.… Read More

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1952 Birth Stewart Armstrong Copeland was born in Alexandria, Virginia on July 16, 1952, the youngest of four children of CIA officer Miles Copeland, Jr. and Scottish archaeologist Lorraine Adie. … Read More
1957 4 Years Old In 1957, the family moved to Beirut, Lebanon, and Copeland attended the American Community School there. … Read More


1967 14 Years Old Later he moved to England and attended Millfield from 1967 to 1969. … Read More


1974 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Returning to England, he worked as road manager for the progressive rock band Curved Air's 1974 reunion tour, and then as drummer for the band during 1975 and 1976.
1977 24 Years Old In 1977, Copeland founded the Police with singer-bassist Sting and guitarist Henry Padovani (who was soon replaced by Andy Summers), and it became one of the top bands of the 1980s. … Read More
1978 25 Years Old Copeland also recorded under the pseudonym Klark Kent, releasing several UK singles in 1978 with one ("Don't Care") entering the UK Singles Chart that year, along with an eponymously titled 10-inch album on green vinyl released in 1980. … Read More
1982 29 Years Old In 1982 Copeland was involved in the production of a WOMAD benefit album called Music and Rhythm.


1983 30 Years Old Copeland's score for Rumble Fish secured him a Golden Globe nomination in 1983. … Read More
1984 31 Years Old The Police stopped touring in 1984, and during this brief hiatus he released a solo album, The Rhythmatist. … Read More
1986 33 Years Old Copeland also occasionally played drums for other artists. Peter Gabriel employed Copeland for his mastery of the hi-hat to perform on his song "Red Rain" from his 1986 album So. … Read More
1989 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1989, Copeland formed Animal Logic with jazz bassist Stanley Clarke and singer-songwriter Deborah Holland. … Read More


1993 40 Years Old In 1993 he composed the music for Channel 4's Horse Opera and director Bob Baldwin. … Read More
1998 45 Years Old He was commissioned by Insomniac Games in 1998 to make the musical score for the hit PlayStation game Spyro the Dragon. … Read More
2000 47 Years Old This period also saw Copeland compose the soundtrack for Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare, his only video game soundtrack outside of the Spyro franchise to date. In 2000, he combined with Les Claypool of Primus (with whom he produced a track on the Primus album Antipop) and Trey Anastasio of Phish to create the band Oysterhead. … Read More
2002 49 Years Old In 2002, Copeland was hired by Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors to play with them for a new album and tour, but after an injury sidelined Copeland, the arrangement ended in mutual lawsuits.


2005 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005, Copeland released "Orchestralli", a live recording of chamber ensemble music which he had composed during a short tour of Italy in 2002.
2006 53 Years Old In January 2006, Copeland premiered his film about the Police called Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out at the Sundance Film Festival. … Read More
2007 54 Years Old At the 2007 Grammy Awards, Copeland, Andy Summers and Sting performed the song "Roxanne" together again as The Police. … Read More
In 2008, RIM commissioned Copeland to write a "soundtrack" for the BlackBerry Bold. … Read More
On August 21, 2009, at SummerFest '09, Copeland unveiled a recent composition, "Retail Therapy", which had been commissioned by the Music Society. … Read More
2011 59 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 24, 2011, Copeland started a personal YouTube channel devoted to personal videos and project updates. … Read More


2012 60 Years Old On January 10, 2012, he appeared on an episode of the A&E reality series Storage Wars to appraise a drum set for Barry Weiss, buying a Turkish cymbal from the set for $40. … Read More
2013 61 Years Old On November 26, 2013, he appeared in the first episode of the Tim Ferriss Experiment.
2016 64 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2016, he was ranked 10th on Rolling Stone magazine's "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time".
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