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.

Mark Knopfler In 20 Solos

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Here's 20 to get the weekend started...

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 ‘Sultans Of Swing’ Wasn’t A Hit - uDiscover

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'Sultans of Swing' was recorded for £120 & didn't make the charts when released on this day in 1978!

http://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/when-sultans... It’s strange to think that ‘Sultans Of Swing’ missed the charts altogether when it was first released by Dire Straits on 19 May, 1978.

Throwback Thursday - Mark, 1979
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When Mark Knopfler Sang About McDonald's 'Founder' Ray Kroc - uDiscover

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“What interests me about the greed and the fame fixations is that there are still opposing views on the whole thing...” Knopfler explains the motivation behind 'Boom, Like That'

http://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/mark-knopfle... In 2004, 'Boom, Like That,' on the Mark Knopfler album Shangri-La, was inspired like the recent movie 'The Founder' by Ray Kroc, the man behind McDonald's.

A Family Affair: 11 Musical Siblings Duos | uDiscover

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The Knopfler's feature in this list of talented Musical Sibling Duos:

http://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/family-affai... Whether they supported each other or had epic falling outs, here are some of our favourite sibling musical duos that have forged music history together.

When ‘Sultans Of Swing’ Wasn’t A Hit - uDiscover

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"I thought it was dull, but as soon as I bought my first Strat in 1977, the whole thing changed..." - Knopfler on Sultans of Swing

http://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/when-sultans... It’s strange to think that ‘Sultans Of Swing’ missed the charts altogether when it was first released by Dire Straits on 19 May, 1978.

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