Sting, J. Ralph at Smithsonian

The Smithsonian National Museum of American History acquired objects from Sting and J. Ralph in a donation ceremony on Sept. 8. In photo (left to right): curator Amanda Moniz, Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton, J. Ralph, Sting, curator John Troutman and NMAH director John Gray. Sting donated the 1978 Fender Stratocaster guitar that he played at Amnesty International’s “The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball” in 1981 and throughout his first world tour as a solo artist. J. Ralph donated original sheet music, lyrics and recordings for “Evolocean” and the Oscar-nominated song “The Empty Chair,” co-written by Sting. Photo by Jeff Malet.


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