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Sting & Jimmy Fallon Remotely Perform Grammy-Winning 'Police' Hit 'Don't Stand so Close to Me'

Junie Sihlangu
Apr 13, 2020
08:31 A.M.
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On Jimmy Fallon’s recent show, he sang a song that was quite appropriate when it came to the current novel coronavirus pandemic. The track he chose could truly become the anthem for this social distancing age.


On Thursday night’s show of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” the host got to sing The Police’s 1980 hit track “Don’t Stand So Close to Me.” Fallon sang the hit track with the former lead singer of The Police, Sting.

Sting, 68, is credited for writing the Grammy-winning song’s music and lyrics. The television personality and legendary singer were accompanied by his show’s band, The Roots.

Jimmy Fallon pictured on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on December 07, 2016 | Photo: Andrew Lipovsky/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images

Jimmy Fallon pictured on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on December 07, 2016 | Photo: Andrew Lipovsky/NBCU Photo Bank/Getty Images


Fallon sings with Sting

Fallon and Sting performed the track from the respective homes using instruments that they had on hand. Some of the members of The Roots had normal instruments like guitars and a tuba for the performance.

For the unique performance items like scissors, sneakers, silverware, a pillow, and even a well-timed game of Connect Four were used. Sting, whose real name is Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, led the song using his guitar while Fallon sang the chorus.


What the song is about

The track’s actual focus is on a schoolgirl’s inappropriate affair with her teacher. However, as we battle COVID-19, some of the song’s lyrics feature quite well.


Where Sting got his nickname

While in school, Sting performed at local clubs with jazz bands such as the Phoenix Jazzmen and Last Exit. He got his nickname, “Sting,” from one of his Phoenix Jazzmen bandmates.


Sting’s six children

The nickname was coined from the black-and-yellow striped sweater Sting often wore while performing. The famous musician has six children, Joseph, Fuchsia, “Mickey,” Jake, Eliot, and Giacomo.

The mother’s of Sting’s kids


His first two children are with actress Frances Tomelty, whom he married in 1976 before divorcing in 1984. In 1992, he got married to actress Trudie Styler and they had the other four children.


Rita Wilson positive with COVID-19

The Police was founded in the early 1980s by Sting, Stewart Copeland, and Andy Summers (original name Andrew Somers). Amid her battle with COVID-19, Rita Wilson, 63, found time to perk her fans up with a musical performance.

Wilson serenades fans

The actress took to her Instagram account in March to sing her own song “Broken Man.” At the time, she and her husband, Tom Hanks, who was also infected, were in self-isolating in a rental home on the Gold Coast after being discharged from a hospital in Australia.

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