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Dire Straits

"Dire Straits" was a British rock band, formed in 1977 by David Knopfler (guitar), his brother Mark Knopfler (guitar and vocals), John Illsley (bass) and Pick Withers (drums), and managed by Ed Bicknell. Although the band was formed in an era when punk rock reigned, Dire Straits worked within the conventions of classic rock, albeit with a stripped-down sound that appealed to modern audiences weary of the overproduced stadium rock of the 1970s (see 1970s in music). Unusually, in their early days Mark and David requested that pub owners turn down the amps so that patrons could converse while the band played- indicative of their unassuming demeanor. Despite this oddly self-effacing approach to rock and roll, Dire Straits soon became hugely successful with their first album going multi-platinum globally.

Their most famous songs include Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet, Private Investigations, Money for Nothing, Walk of Life, and Brothers in Arms.


Dire Straits recorded and released their first, self-titled album in 1978 for £12,500, initially within the UK to little fanfare, but to number one platinum success in the rest of Europe and then the US. Later a single ...

country Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Inactive years active 1977–1995
music genre Rock and roll
current members Mark Knopfler
John Illsley
Alan Clark (keyboardist)
past members David Knopfler
Pick Withers
Hal Lindes
Terry Williams (drummer)
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