Roxanne (The Police song)

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Single by The Police
from the album Outlandos d'Amour
Released7 April 1978
Producer(s)The Police
The Police singles chronology
"Fall Out"
"Can't Stand Losing You"
Music video
"Roxanne" at YouTube

"Roxanne" is a song by the British rock band The Police. The song was written by lead singer and bassist Sting. It was released 7 April 1978 as a single of their debut album Outlandos d'Amour. The song is about a man who falls in love with a prostitute. The song peaked at number 12 on the UK Singles Chart.

The song was written after lead singer and bassist Sting was inspired by prostitutes he saw near a disgusting hotel he was staying at.

"Roxanne" became the band's first single for A&M Records. However, despite the praise given by Miles Copeland, the single did not chart upon its initial release. Writing in Record Mirror, singles reviewer Bev Briggs declared "This must be the big breaker for The Police .... what the hell, go out and buy it immediately".

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