Sting, lead singer for the band The Police was honored at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in a ceremony on May 14, 2019, at the BMI Awards after his song “Every Breath You Take” became the most played song on the radio from BMI’s repertoire.
“Every Breath You Take” released in 1983, toppled “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” from the Righteous Brothers who held the title for over 22 years.
Sting’s song has over 15 million radio plays.
Trudie Styler, Sting’s wife, was in attendance. He told the audience that he was proud to be part of the songwriter’s community. He called the profession rare and noble as songwriting is more than entertainment. He also felt that he thought it had to do with the song itself.
Sting performed the song acoustically.
Mike O’Neill, BMI’s CEO/president, said it was in 1978 that BMI started to calculate the most played songs, the first being “Our House” by Graham Nash. It remained at number one until 1994 when “Yesterday” from Lennon/McCartney took over.
In 1996 “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers took the position and held it until Sting took the position.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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