Dire 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.
Mark 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)|
|14||Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits)|
|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)|
|26||Don’t You Get It|
|28||Sailing to Philadelphia (featuring James Taylor)|
|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)|
|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)|