Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)

Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) Mark Knopfler(1949 - ) is a British songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the 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 with 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, Chris Botti, 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.

Eric Clapton has admitted an inferiority complex because of Knopfler's majestic guitar stylings.

Dire Straits: will there ever be a better band?
"Dire Straits is the only band that plays like an organic whole" -- Bob Dylan.

Dire Straits albums
    Dire Straits (1978)
    Communiqué (1979)
    Making Movies (1980)
    Love over Gold (1982)
    Alchemy (1984, live)
    Brothers in Arms (1985)
    Money for Nothing (1988, compilation)
    On Every Street (1991)
    On the Night (1993, live)
    Live at the BBC (1995, live)
    Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits (1998, compilation)
    Private Investigations (2005, compilation)

Solo albums
    Golden Heart (1996)
    Sailing to Philadelphia (2000)
    The Ragpicker's Dream (2002)
    Shangri-La (2004)
    One Take Radio Sessions (2005)
    Kill to Get Crimson (2007)
    Get Lucky (2009)
    Privateering (2012)
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