Stewart Armstrong Copeland
was born in Alexandria (Virginia), on July 16, 1952, by a well-off
Father (Miles Copeland
Jnr.), Glenn Miller Orchestras trumpeter, was one of the founders
of the CIA and, subsequently, was transferred by the U.s. Government
as political adviser in some Middle East States.
On account of what,
Stewart spent his infancy in Egypt and, mostly, in Beirut. The memory
of the Beirut period is resumed in that He said in an interview:
"I was just a child, but i remember explosions by night, clashes
between factions and shots of weapons. We lived in a flat with the
rooms full of foods and tubs full of water".
Stewart began to play
drums just in Beirut along with other american-community guys.
When his family was
transferred to London, Stewart went to study in Millfield, an exclusive
private school. When he finished the high school, he went to San
Diego and entered to a musical course and then he transferred at
the "Berkley University" where he took a degree in media
and communications, double-bass and drums.
In this period the brother
Miles asked Stewart to make the Joan Armatradings tour-manager
(That had a contract with the "A&M" label). When the
matter was settled, Stewart came back to London, where He became
the "Curved Air" tour-manager; Darryl Way, a member of
that band, had just Miles as a manager. Original drummer left the
band and he was replaced by Stewart which recorded with them two
albums: "Airborn" and "Midnight Wire". Stewart
played his last time with the Curved Air on December 23, 1976: Day
in which the band gave notice of its dissolution. During a stay
in Newcastle, Stewart saw Sting played with "The Last Exit"
and he was introduced to him by a common friend, the reporter Phil
Sutcliffe. At the beginning of January 1977, Stewart proposed to
Sting to move himself to London, where the Police Adventure started.
During the Outlandos
Damour recording previous period, Stewart recorded his own
material, that doesnt be used with the Police, due to the
fact that Sting wasnt able to sing that songs, in an album
entitled "Dont Care", using the pseudonym of "Klark
Kent", which identity was kept secret for a certain period.
In the album, in addition to the drums, Stewart played guitar and
bass too. The lp sold 50,000 copies and Stewart/Klark was invited
at "Top Of The Pops", where he was saw by Sting, Andy
and his brother Miles, as his manager.