Dire Straits

Dire Straits - The Studio Albums 1978-1991 Vinyl box set released 25th November Preorder now: http://po.st/dsboxsetfb

Formed in 1977 Dire Straits, led by Mark Knopfler, were one of the iconic groups of the late 20th Century. When they first appeared on the London live circuit, their timeless music, faultless musicianship and memorable songs quickly connected with music lovers. From the start, it was clear that Dire Straits would set their own path and while the then-current zeitgeist of new wave showed there was an appetite for the new, Dire Straits proved that classic song writing would never go out of fashion.

Working hard touring, writing and recording, they released a series of ever more successful albums and by 1985 they were the biggest selling band in the world. Dire Straits appeal was almost instantly universal. They travelled the globe building an enormous and loyal international following. Their keynote songs, such as ‘Sultans Of Swing’, ‘Romeo And Juliet’ and ‘Money For Nothing’ dominated the airwaves in the 80s and the revolutionary new music TV channels such as MTV propelled the songs to become international standards. They remain one of the most played bands on radio to this day.

The Straits' in action!

Mark Knopfler a Deux | uDiscover


Here's 24 tracks of highlights of Mark Knopfler’s brilliant collaborative work:

http://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/mark-knopfle... Say Mark Knopfler to most people and they will say Dire Straits, others will mention The Notting Hillbillies. We explore his duets and collaborations

‘Brothers In Arms’ Makes A Winning Debut - uDiscover


OTD 1985, Dire Straits’ ‘Brothers In Arms’ began its US chart conquest, which would see it take the No.1 spot for 9 weeks!

https://udiscover.lnk.to/BrothersInArmsMakesWinnin... Brothers In Arms, the album that became a global No. 1, with worldwide sales of 30 million, made its US chart debut on 8 June, 1985.

The Studio Farewell Of Dire Straits - uDiscover


"It took six hamburgers and Scotch all night." - Heavy Fuel. Relive the classic here...

http://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/studio-farew... 24 years ago, on September 21, 1991, Dire Straits entered the US album chart for the final time with a sixth release, with ‘On Every Street.'

Mark Knopfler In 20 Solos


Here's 20 to start the week!

https://open.spotify.com/user/udiscover/playlist/3... With hundreds of millions of album sales, and an unparalleled catalogue of recordings to his credit, Mark Knopfler continues to be one of the greatest exponents of the guitar in the world. We're celebrating that fact with a new uDiscover playlist of 20 songs featuring some of his finest-ever solos.


When Knopfler Set Sail For Philly - uDiscover


A classic...Knopflers’ gold certified album ‘Sailing To Philadelia’ featured cameo's by James Taylor & Van Morrison...

http://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/when-knopfle... Mark Knopfler hit a particularly rich seam when he released his second LP in his own name, Sailing To Philadelphia, on 26 September, 2000.

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Band Members

Past Members:

Mark Knopfler
John Illsley
Pick Withers
David Knopfler
Alan Clark
Hal Lindes
Terry Williams
Guy Fletcher
Jack Sonni
Chris White


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