Im working class Sting, 70, shuts down Ronan Keating during appearance on The One Show

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Sting appeared on BBC’s The One Show alongside hosts Ronan Keating, 44, and Samantha Quek, 32. The legendary musician discussed his new music with the presenters on tonight’s offering.

The 70-year-old spoke candidly as the songwriter was quizzed about his career.

The Every Breathe You Take crooner explained that being a musician is his “medium” as he admitted he has no plans to slow down.

Ronan questioned: “You never stop working. Constantly. Where does that work ethic come from?”

Sting replied: “It’s like asking a fish, ‘You’re still swimming.’ That’s my medium.”

The Boyzone bandmate probed the Police star further as he questioned the musician on his work ethic for a second time.

He remarked: “You just love it. Your work ethic, it’s just constant. You never stop.”

Sting nodded, before adding: “I’m working class.”

Sam interjected: “Don’t stop because we are enjoying the fruition of all your work.”

Sting was born in Northumberland and was the eldest of four children to his parents Audrey, a hairdresser, and Ernest Matthew Sumner, a milkman and engineer.

The legendary star grew up near Wallsend’s shipyards, and before his music career, he had worked as a bus conductor, building labourer and tax officer.

Sting has been a prolific musician, singer, songwriter, and actor over the past six decades.

He was best known as the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the Police from 1977 to 1984, before launching a solo career in 1985.


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His eclectic music style has included forms of rock, jazz, reggae, classical, new-age and worldbeat.

With his solo material and the Police combined, he has sold over 100 million records worldwide, and has become a national treasure.

Addressing his new material, BBC host Samantha asked the crooner about his recent cover of Otis Redding’s song, Sitting on the Dock of a Bay.

“Why did you cover that song?” she asked.

Sting replied: “I would have never recorded – what I regard as a masterpiece by Otis Redding – but I was asked by the Alzheimer’s Society to pick a song that I would want to remember if I ever suffered [from the disease].

“Because the people who suffer remember songs more readily than anything else.

“So they asked me to record this song in a way to get this thing off the ground.”

The One Show airs weekdays on BBC One at 7pm.

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