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30 Years Ago: Dire Straits Shatter All Expectations With ‘Brothers in Arms’

Dire Straits shattered commercial expectations with their 1985 album, Brothers in Arms.

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The Cars vs. Dire Straits – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, Round One

The Cars take on Dire Straits in the first round of the UCR Hall of Fame.

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35 Years Ago: Dire Straits Release ‘Communique’

Dire Straits released their second album, 'Communique,' on June 15, 1979.

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Image via TheStraits.com

Dire Straits Keyboardist Alan Clark On His New Project, The Straits

The Straits have played a series of successful shows filled with classic songs by Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits. Up next, long-time Dire Straits keyboardist Alan Clark says the offshoot group is ready to record some new music.

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Former Members of Dire Straits to Tour U.S.

Former members of Dire Straits will be touring the U.S. in February and March, joined by Steve Ferrone of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers but not by longtime frontman Mark Knopfler.

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35 Years Ago: Dire Straits Release Their Debut Album

The '60s, '70s and '80s are full of stories about bands that limped along for years, touring hard and testing their labels' patience before finally getting their big break. Given their low-key music and resolute lack of visual flash, the guys in Dire Straits seemed like good candidates for one of those slow-building careers -- and unlikely candidates for mainstream pop stardom.

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25 Years Ago: Dire Straits Break Up

Classic rock history is littered with unexpected tragedies and surprising reversals of fate, but other events can be seen coming from a mile away – case in point, the official break up of Dire Straits, which was announced b

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Top 10 Dire Straits Songs

Dire Straits came out of nowhere when their debut album was released in 1978. Really. They had formed only the year before and hadn't gigged much before they recorded a demo tape that caught the attention of record-company execs. They were an immediate hit, especially with rock radio, which

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Dire Straits, ‘Sultans of Swing’ – Lyrics Uncovered

‘Sultans of Swing’ was both the first single from Dire Straits’ debut album and a revealing first-person account of the average working band’s hardscrabble, often thankless existence playing British pubs during the '70s. It’s only fitting, therefore, that Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler was inspired to write the tune in a pub, pint in hand, whilst watching just one such band calling themselves – you guessed it – the Sultans of Swing.

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No U.S. Release Scheduled for New Mark Knopfler Album ‘Privateering’

He's a multiple Grammy winner, one of rock's most respected guitarists, and a founding member of the multiplatinum AOR legends Dire Straits -- and yet Mark Knopfler's new album doesn't have an American release date. What gives?

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