Dire Straits

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, whic…
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 inspir…
Mark Knopfler – August 2012 Classic Rock Birthdays
It's a difficult thing to etch out your own style among all of the talented musicians in the rock world world, but Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler, who turns 63 on Aug. 12, was able to do so quite well.
Forming the band in 1977 -- after stints as a journalist and teacher -- Knopfler's influentia…

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