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Mark Knopfler, OBE is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist, notably with Dire Straits.
Dire Straits was formed in London during 1977 and went on to become an international success after the release of its debut album ‘Dire Straits’ in 1978. The song “Sultans of Swing” (composed and written by Knopfler) taken from the album became a hit single in both America and the U.K. It was the first of a long string of successes for Dire Straits, and while the lineup would shift frequently over the group’s lifespan — Mark Knopfler and John Illsley would prove to be the group’s only constants — between 1978 and 1995 the group was a top concert draw and a frequent presence on radio and record charts; their landmark 1985 album Brothers in Arms sold over nine million copies in the United States alone, thirty million copies worldwide, and was the top-selling CD of the ’80s in the UK. The band’s songs include “Money for Nothing”, “Sultans of Swing”, “So Far Away”, “Walk of Life”, “Industrial Disease”, “Brothers in Arms”, “Private Investigations”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Tunnel of Love”, “Telegraph Road”, and “Lady Writer”.
Knopfler has also found international success as a solo artist, a record producer and film score composer.
Knopfler is a fingerstyle guitarist and was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120,000,000 records to date. A four-time Grammy Award winner, Knopfler is the recipient of the Edison Award, the Steiger Award and the Ivor Novello Award, as well as holding three honorary doctorate degrees in music from universities in the United Kingdom.
- Born August 12 1949 in Glasgow Scotland (raised near Newcastle upon Tyne, England)
- Genre Rock, Adult Contemporary, Film Scores
- Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter, record producer, composer
- Instruments Vocals, Guitar
- Website markknopfler.com