Dire Straits

Profile:
British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, David Knopfler, John Illsley and Pick Withers. The group first split up in 1988 but reformed in 1991 and then disbanded again in 1995.

Full-time band members:
Mark Knopfler – lead guitar, lead vocals (1977–1995)
John Illsley – bass guitar, backing vocals (1977–1995)
Alan Clark – keyboards (1980–1995)
Guy Fletcher – synthesizer, backing vocals (1984–1995)
David Knopfler – rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (1977–1980)
Pick Withers – drums, percussion (1977–1982)
Terry Williams (3) – drums (1982–1989)
Jack Sonni – rhythm guitar (1985–1988)
Hal Lindes – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1980–1985)

Touring/session members:
Joop de Korte – percussion
Mel Collins – saxophone
Tommy Mandel – keyboards
Chris White – saxophone
Chris Whitten – drums, percussion
Phil Palmer – guitar
Paul Franklin – pedal steel guitar
Danny Cummings – percussion
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Dire Straits Discography Tracks

Albums

Dire Straits - Dire Straits album art Dire Straits Dire Straits (Album) Vertigo Scandinavia 1978 Sell This Version
CN 3179/S Dire Straits - In Concert-182 album art Dire Straits / The Motors Dire Straits / The Motors - In Concert-182(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 3179/S UK 1978 Sell This Version
Dire Straits - Communiqué album art Dire Straits Communiqué (Album) Vertigo Japan 1979 Sell This Version
Dire Straits - Live - The Warner Bros. Music Show album art Dire Straits Live - The Warner Bros. Music Show Warner Bros. Records US 1979 Sell This Version
Dire Straits - Making Movies album art Dire Straits Making Movies (Album) Vertigo UK 1980 Sell This Version
none Dire Straits - The King Biscuit Flower Hour 2/1/81 album art Dire Straits / Thin Lizzy Dire Straits / Thin Lizzy - The King Biscuit Flower Hour 2/1/81(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour, DIR Broadcasting none US 1981 Sell This Version
none Dire Straits - Best Of The Biscuit album art Dire Straits / Loverboy Dire Straits / Loverboy - Best Of The Biscuit(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) D.I.R. Broadcasting Corp. none US 1981 Sell This Version
Dire Straits - Love Over Gold album art Dire Straits Love Over Gold (Album) Vertigo Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong 1982 Sell This Version
# 345 A Dire Straits - B.B.C. Rock Hour # 345 (Version "A") album art Dire Straits B.B.C. Rock Hour # 345 (Version "A")(LP, Transcription, Ver) London Wavelength # 345 A US 1982 Sell This Version
CN4114/5 Dire Straits - Rock Profile album art Dire Straits, Phil Collins Dire Straits, Phil Collins - Rock Profile(2xLP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN4114/5 UK 1983 Sell This Version
Dire Straits - Alchemy - Dire Straits Live album art Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live (Album) Vertigo, Vertigo US 1984 Sell This Version
Dire Straits - Alchemy - Dire Straits Live Part One album art Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live Part One (Album) Vertigo Argentina 1984 Sell This Version
Dire Straits - Alchemy - Dire Straits Live Part Two album art Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live Part Two (Album) Vertigo Australia 1984 Sell This Version
BC 512 A Dire Straits - B.B.C. Rock Hour # 512 (Version "A") album art Dire Straits B.B.C. Rock Hour # 512 (Version "A")(LP, Transcription, Ver) London Wavelength BC 512 A US 1984 Sell This Version
none Dire Straits - Best Of The Biscuit: Show # 548 album art Dire Straits Best Of The Biscuit: Show # 548(2xLP, Transcription) ABC Rock Radio Network none US 1984 Sell This Version
Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms album art Dire Straits Brothers In Arms (Album) Vertigo Turkey 1985 Sell This Version
none Dire Straits - King Biscuit Flower Hour: Live In San Antonio Part Two album art Dire Straits King Biscuit Flower Hour: Live In San Antonio Part Two(2xLP, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour Records none US 1985 Sell This Version
OTR 85-42 Dire Straits - Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner (OTR # 85-42) album art Dire Straits Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner (OTR # 85-42)(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One OTR 85-42 US 1985 Sell This Version
none Dire Straits - King Biscuit Flower Hour: Live In San Antonio Part One album art Dire Straits King Biscuit Flower Hour: Live In San Antonio Part One(2xLP, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour Records none US 1985 Sell This Version
none Dire Straits - Dire Straits album art Dire Straits Dire Straits(Acetate, LP, S/Sided) Pyral none France 1985 Sell This Version
none Dire Straits - Dire Straits - A Retrospective: The King Biscuit Flower Hour # 643 album art Dire Straits Dire Straits - A Retrospective: The King Biscuit Flower Hour # 643(2xLP, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting none US 1986 Sell This Version
SS 87-15 Dire Straits - Westwood One Superstar Concert Series # SS 87-15 album art Dire Straits Westwood One Superstar Concert Series # SS 87-15(3xLP, Transcription + Box) Westwood One Radio Network SS 87-15 US 1987 Sell This Version
none Dire Straits - The King Biscuit Flower Hour album art Dire Straits The King Biscuit Flower Hour(CD, Transcription) DIR Radio Network none US 1987 Sell This Version
CO 89-12 Dire Straits - Westwood One Superstars Concert Series # CO 89-12 album art Simple Minds / Peter Gabriel / Dire Straits / Eric Clapton Simple Minds / Peter Gabriel / Dire Straits / Eric Clapton - Westwood One Superstars Concert Series # CO 89-12(3xLP, Transcription) Westwood One Radio Network CO 89-12 US 1989 Sell This Version
none Dire Straits - Legends Of Rock 1989: The Legend Of Dire Straits, Part One (October 23-27, 1989) album art Dire Straits Legends Of Rock 1989: The Legend Of Dire Straits, Part One (October 23-27, 1989)(2xLP, Transcription) NBC Radio Entertainment none US 1989 Sell This Version

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Rich.C

Rich.C

December 23, 2016
Dire Straits are the vehicle for session guitar whiz Mark Knopfler, who first appeared as a member of Bob Dylan's band in the mid-1970s. Dire Straits play well-behaved, rhythm-heavy radio-rock that gets all its personality from Knopfler's J.J. Cale-ish guitars and montone vocals. The classic rock radio staple "Sultans of Swing" may be the best example of the band's art, featuring Knopfler's wry lyrics and laid-back, jiggering guitar lines. Their critical apex came with Making Movies in 1980, and its eerie, neon-lit masterpiece "Skateaway." In 1985, the group attained massive star status with Brothers In Arms which yielded the hits "Money For Nothing" and "So Far Away. For me, brothers in arms was their best hit, former england wicket keeper jack russell had this played at his brothers funeral...a real poignant song and moving video.
Knopfler's solo material is still very dire-straits-esque in structure, by that i mean its still northern, singalong, the type of music you would expect to hear on the itv series auf wiedersehen pet! but he still delivers with his trademark guitar riff and vocals, listen to why aye man and you'll hear what i mean!! Still playing to this day he is an artist worth checking out.

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