"That song was going in the trash until I played on it": Andy Summers is locked in a "contentious" battle with Sting over Every Breath You Take songwriting credits

Sting (left) and Andy Summers perform onstage
(Image credit: Martin Philbey/Redferns)

Though the Police had a number of massive hits during their brief time together, none rival Every Breath You Take. A smoldering ballad driven by an unforgettable, minimalist add9 electric guitar riff from Andy Summers, the song topped the charts for an astounding eight weeks in the summer of 1983

Despite the prominence of Summers' riff, though, only the Police's superstar frontman and bass guitar player, Sting, received a songwriting credit for the song.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.