1952 – He was born on the 16th day of January this year in Alexandria, Egypt. He is the son of an American CIA officer who grew up in a variety of locations in the Middle East.
1977 – He spent several years playing with the progressive rock band Curved Air before dipping his toes into the U.K.’s booming New Wave scene this year.
1979 – The Police scored their first hit, “Roxanne”, and the group enjoyed a long string of chart successes.
1983 – He was hired by Francis Ford Coppola to compose the score for his edgy teen drama Rumble Fish.
1987 – He also wrote the theme music for the popular television series The Equalizer, and made a cameo appearance on the show in this year as a thief.
1988 – Between this year and 1999, Copeland wrote music for over 40 films.