Bernard Sumner (born 4 January 1956 in Salford, near Manchester, England) was until 1980 guitarist and keyboardist of the band Joy Division. After the suicide of singer Ian Curtis in May 1980 Sumner founded together with the remaining band members Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Morris ' wife Gillian Gilbert formation New Order.
Sumner developed, despite vocal contributions of the New Order band members Peter Hook and Stephen Morris, for the permanent vocalist and lyricist of the band.
In 1989, Sumner founded with former The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr - side project Electronic. On the recordings of these post-punk supergroup were Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant and initially Karl Bartos, who had played earlier at power plant involved.
Throughout his career, Sumner appeared under different names: Bernard Dicken, Bernard Albrecht, Bernard Albrecht- Dicken and Bernard Sumner.
In Sumner is his mother, who for herself and her son took the name thicknesses after their marriage the birth name. Today, Bernard uses only the name Sumner. ( Bernard Sumner. Confusion - Joy Division, Electronic and New Order Versus the World by David Nolan ) Sumners striking reticence is probably due to the fact that he is the child of a birth of a severely handicapped mother ( cerebral palsy ), whose second husband ( with surname thicknesses ) was also severely disabled. He was therefore largely brought up by his grandparents.
In the name Albrecht is the mark of a copying machine, with whom he often worked during animation of a job at the company Cosgrove Hall.
Since his school days, he will of friends, his bandmates (and now also the fans ) called Barney, a nickname he does not like and is probably due to its resemblance to Barney Rubble.
Singles in which Bernard Sumner participated as a guitarist or singer