The Police were together for a somewhat short period of time, relative to their influence and standing in popular music. After the early departure of original guitarist, Henry Padovani, the band comprised three experienced musicians of outstanding talent, fronted by the brilliant, highly distinctive vocals of Sting. Blending minimalist new wave pop, punk rock, and reggae, they created a unique sound, and by the late 70s they had conquered the UK, scoring two number 1 singles in 1979, and enjoying encouraging success with their debut album. In the early 80s their popularity became global, enjoying strong sales in the USA and in many other countries. After 1981’s Ghost In The Machine, the members dispersed to pursue other projects, before reconvening in 1983 to make Synchronicity. This was hailed as their best album to date, and sold more than 8 million copies worldwide, more than twice as many as any of their previous albums. However, the egos within the band had begun to clash, and it proved to be their final studio album. They broke-up in 1984. All three members went on to enjoy successful solo careers, and they have occasionally reformed temporarily to perform live, including once in 1986, and several hugely successful dates in 2007 and 2008.