First playing jazz guitar as a teenager in local clubs, 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 popular acts on the London club scene. He also recorded with Eric Burdon and The New Animals, and spent much of the 1970s doing prolific session work for Neil Sedaka, Joan Armatrading, Kevin Ayers, Kevin Coyne, Tim Rose, and Jon Lord, to name a few.
Summers achieved international prominence as the guitarist for The Police, the biggest rock band in the world during the early to mid-1980s. Summers' guitar genius defined much of the Police sound, most notably on classics such as Message in a Bottle, Don't Stand So Close to Me and Every Breath You Take.
Summers' diverse musical credits include motion picture film scores, his most famous assignments being 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 first talk show. Summers guest-starred in an episode of TV's The Hitchhiker and had an amusing bit part in the comedy Another You, starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor.
As an individual artist, Summers has released numerous recordings with his own collections of 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. In March 2003, Summers, Sting and drummer Stewart Copeland reunited for the momentous induction of The Police into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Later that year, Summers released his tenth solo album, "Earth + Sky," which proves once again that the multiple Grammy winner is a cutting-edge influence in contemporary instrumental music.
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