Wednesday 2pm: Sounds of The 70’s

July 17, 2019
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This week we feature music from; Beach Boys, Tavares, Olivia Newton-john, Electric Light Orchestra, Tubes, Elton John, Dan Hartman, Police, Eagles, Hot, Dire Straits, Badfinger, Cat Stevens, Boston, Chic, Bad Company and more . . . 

Wednesday 2pm: Sounds of The 70s

June 12, 2019
Editor In Chief

This week on the Sounds of The 70’s:  Paul McCartney & Wings, Neil Sedaka, Elton John, Pilot, Dire Straits, Bee Gees, Dawn, Linda Ronstadt, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Joe Cocker, Doobie Brothers and more . . .

Tuesday 2pm: Sounds of The 80’s

May 14, 2019
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This week on Sounds of The 80’s:  Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Murphy, Kenny Rogers, Dire Straits, Robert John, Prince, Ramones, Air Supply, Steely Dan, America, Boston, Elton John, Poison, Stevie Nicks, Queen, Men At Work and many many more .. . 

Wednesday 11pm: Top 100 Albums of The 70’s – #96 – Dire Straits (1978)

May 8, 2019
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Top 100 Albums of the 70’s

#96 – Dire Straits (1978)

Dire Straits is the debut studio album by the British rock band Dire Straits released on October 7, 1978 by Vertigo Records internationally and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. The album produced the hit single “Sultans of Swing”, which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 8 on the UK Singles Chart. The album reached #1 on album charts in Germany, Australia and France, #2 in the United States and #5 in the United Kingdom. Dire Straits was later certified double-platinum in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

The single “Sultans of Swing” first broke into the United States top five early in the spring of 1979—being a hit a full five months after the album was released there—and then rose to number eight on the British charts. “Water of Love” was also released as a single in some countries, and charted in Australia, reaching number 54, and in the Netherlands, reaching number 28. In Europe, the album sold four million copies, and in the United States, it sold two million copies.

The album was remastered and released with the rest of the Dire Straits catalogue in 1996 to most of the world excluding the U.S. and on September 19, 2000 in the United States.

1. “Down to the Waterline” 3:55
2. “Water of Love” 5:23
3. “Setting Me Up” 3:18
4. “Six Blade Knife” 4:10
5. “Southbound Again” 2:58

1. “Sultans of Swing” 5:47
2. “In the Gallery” 6:16
3. “Wild West End” 4:42
4. “Lions” 5:05

Saturday 12pm ET: Brit Rock with Dominic Forbes

June 23, 2018
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On Brit Rock this week music from Gary Moore, AC/DC, Jeff Lynne, Extreme, Billy Idol, Faith No More, Fish, Aerosmith,Quireboys, Black Crowes, Stranglers, Boston, Deep Purple, Killers, The Eagles, Chris Cornell, The Fray, Kings Of Leon, U2, The Scorpions, Genesis, Dire Straits, Whitesnake, Sammy Hagar, Frijid Pink, Queen, Cinderella, Foreigner, Russ Ballard, Peter Gabriel, Gun, The Hooters, ZZ Top, Richard Marx, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Rainbow.  Join Dominic Forbes 12pm ET on RadioMaxMusic.  Encore at 12am Sunday morning.

Sounds of The 70s with Dan Varroney 7pm ET

February 24, 2015
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70sSounds of the Seventies Live with Dan Varroney tonight at 7:00 pm ET. This week it’s “Top Hits of the Seventies.” We’ll feature Dire Straits, Bee Gees, Cheap Trick, Grand Funk Railroad, Raspberries, Robert Palmer, Bob Welch, Boston, Chi-Lites, and John Paul Young.

Artist Countdown: Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler Top 40 Hits/Tracks 6pm ET @MarkKnopfler @RadioMax

August 12, 2013
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DireStraitsDire Straits were a British rock band, formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), his younger brother David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion). Dire Straits’ sound drew from a variety of musical influences, including jazz, folk, blues, and came closest to beat music within the context of rock and roll. Despite the prominence of punk rock during the band’s early years, the band’s stripped-down sound contrasted with punk, demonstrating a more “rootsy” influence that emerged out of pub rock. Many of Dire Straits’ compositions were melancholic. Dire Straits’ biggest selling album, Brothers in Arms, has sold over 30 million copies.

They also became one of the world’s most commercially successful bands, with worldwide album sales of over 120 million. Dire Straits won numerous music awards during their career, including four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards—winning Best British Group twice, and two MTV Video Music Awards. The band’s most popular songs include “Sultans of Swing”, “Lady Writer”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Tunnel of Love”, “Telegraph Road”, “Private Investigations”, “Money for Nothing”, “Walk of Life”, “So Far Away”, “Your Latest Trick” and “Brothers in Arms”.

Dire Straits’ career spanned a combined total of 15 years. The band originally split up in 1988, but reformed in 1991. Dire Straits disbanded for good in 1995 when Mark Knopfler launched his career full time as a solo artist. There were several changes in personnel over both periods, leaving Mark Knopfler and John Illsley as the only two original bandmates who had remained throughout the band’s career.

MarkKnopflerMark Freuder Knopfler, OBE (born 12 August 1949) is a British musician, vocalist, songwriter, record producer and film score composer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the British rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded with his brother, David Knopfler in 1977. After Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler went on to record and produce seven solo albums, and, as during his previous tenure, produced many hit songs.

He has composed and produced film scores for eight films, including Local Hero (1983), Cal (1984), The Princess Bride (1987), and Wag the Dog (1997). In addition to his work with Dire Straits and as a solo artist and composer, Knopfler has recorded and performed with many prominent musicians, including Chet Atkins, The Chieftains, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, Emmylou Harris, Jools Holland, Sonny Landreth, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Sting, and James Taylor, sometimes working as a session musician. He has produced albums for Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, and Randy Newman.

Knopfler is a fingerstyle guitarist and was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120 million albums to date. A four-time Grammy Award winner, Knopfler is the recipient of the Edison Award and the Steiger Award, and holds three honorary doctorate degrees in music from universities in the United Kingdom. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Money for Nothing  (Dire Straits)
2 Calling Elvis  (Dire Straits)
3 Walk of Life  (Dire Straits)
4 Sultans of Swing  (Dire Straits)
5 Private Investigations  (Dire Straits)
6 Twisting by the Pool  (Dire Straits)
7 So Far Away  (Dire Straits)
8 Heavy Fuel  (Dire Straits)
9 Brothers in Arms  (Dire Straits)
10 Skateaway  (Dire Straits)
11 The Bug  (Dire Straits)
12 Do America  
13 Darling Pretty
14 Romeo and Juliet  (Dire Straits)
15 Cannibals
16 Your Latest Trick  (Dire Straits)
17 Lady Writer  (Dire Straits)
18 Tunnel of Love  (Dire Straits)
19 Industrial Disease  (Dire Straits)
20 This Is Us  (with Emmylou Harris)
21 On Every Street  (Dire Straits)
22 Boom, Like That
23 You and Your Friend  (Dire Straits)
24 Water of Love  (Dire Straits)
25 Imelda
26 Don’t You Get It
27 Rüdiger
28 Sailing to Philadelphia (featuring James Taylor)
29 Privateering  
30 Kingdom of Gold  
31 Donkey Town  (with Emmylou Harris)
32 Six Blade Knife   (Dire Straits)
33 Wild West End   (Dire Straits)
34 Cleaning My Gun
35 Southbound Again   (Dire Straits)
36 Gator Blood
37 In The Gallery   (Dire Straits)
38 Planet of New Orleans   (Dire Straits)
39 Where Do You Think Your Going   (Dire Straits)
40 Beachcombing   (with Emmylou Harris)
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