Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler



Mark Freuder Knopfler, OBE (born 12 August 1949) is a British singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer. He was born in Glasgow but raised near Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He is best known for having been the lead guitarist, lead singer and songwriter for the rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded with his younger brother, David Knopfler, in 1977.

Since Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler has recorded and produced eight solo albums and, as with his previous band, produced many hit songs.[1] He has composed and produced film scores for nine films, including Local Hero (1983), Cal (1984), The Princess Bride (1987), Wag the Dog (1997) and Altamira (2016).[2]

In addition to his work with Dire Straits, and as a solo artist and composer, Knopfler has recorded and performed with many prominent musicians, including B.B. King, Chet Atkins, Chris Botti, John Anderson, the Chieftains, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Bryan Ferry, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Jools Holland, Sonny Landreth, Phil Lynott, Donal Lunny, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Sting, and James Taylor, sometimes working as a session musician. He has produced albums for Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, and Randy Newman.

Knopfler is a fingerstyle guitarist and was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.[3] Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120,000,000 records to date.[4][5] A four-time Grammy Award winner, Knopfler is the recipient of the Edison Award, the Steiger Award and the Ivor Novello Award, as well as holding three honorary doctorate degrees in music from universities in the United Kingdom.[6][7]



Live in Berlin
Live in Berlin is an album by musical artist Mark Knopfler, released on June 13, 2017.
Dire Straits
Sailing to Philadelphia
Sailing to Philadelphia is the second solo studio album by British singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Knopfler, released on 26 September 2000 by Vertigo Records internationally, and by Warner Bros.
Golden Heart
Golden Heart is the debut solo studio album by British singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Knopfler, released on 26 March 1996 by Vertigo Records internationally and Warner Bros.

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Mark Knopfler Plays ‘Accomplice’ To Tommy Emmanuel
  –  November 8, 2017
Mark Knopfler is among the contributors to the upcoming Accomplice ... and some of the most inspiring people in music, today,” says Emmanuel about the new, multi-artist project. “I wanted to record an album of duets that could showcase my love of ...
One-Armed bandit E-Type jaguar used in infamous murder set to go up for auction
  –  November 12, 2017
The car was supposedly driven that night by Luvaglio and Stafford. Mark Knopfler references the Jag in his song ‘5:15am’ from the album Shangri-La. Knopfler sings: “The one armed bandit man/ Came north to fill his boots/ Came up from Cockneyland/ E ...
Review: The Killers at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
  –  November 12, 2017
There is also time for a nod to Local Hero Mark Knopfler with a tender burst of Dire Straits's Romeo and Juliet. Then it's back to the singalong anthems as the band end their main set with All These Things That I've Done before Brandon digs out his gold ...
Seems like Rushes UK is closing
  –  November 12, 2017
Originally, Mark Knopfler was not at all enthusiastic about the concept of the music video. MTV, however, was insistent on it. Director Steve Barron, of Rushes in London, was contacted by Warner Bros. to persuade Knopfler to relent. Ian Pearson and ...
Lest We Forget
  –  November 11, 2017
Remembrance Day—Mark Knopfler (H/T Bob Oldfield’s YouTube channel). Lovely.Lives lost and found, messed up. Grief, well-being and woe. The best and the worst of times. World War II (we number them—may we never get to III) brought my parents together ...
The 11 best guitar solos of all time, as chosen by Santa Cruz
  –  November 10, 2017
Archie: "This is Nuno's best solo. Plus the string skipping/tapping part is one lick we've stolen the most for our solos in Santa Cruz, just gonna put that out there right now…” Archie: "Mark Knopfler's the man. The way he uses his fingers for tone has ...
Soundtracks Series Vol. 8: Alan Taffel's Top 10
  –  November 10, 2017
In these works, the soundtrack is not the point of the shows, but in each case it is in some way notable. 1. Mark Knopfler: Local Hero. Vertigo. The first soundtrack effort from Dire Straits front man Mark Knopfler sounds nothing like that band’s work ...
Raleigh Music Publishing To Administer Iconic Willy Deville Catalog
  –  November 10, 2017
His 1987 album Miracle was produced by the Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler. The song “Storybook Love” from the album was included in the film soundtrack for The Princess Bride and was nominated for an Academy award for best original song.
How an Irish love song continues to strike a chord
  –  November 9, 2017
Years after it was written, it was popularized through The Dubliners and played by Mark Knopfler, Van Morrison, Sinead O'Connor and many others. Simple but authentic "The Dubliners kind of put it on the map and it struck a chord, as it were," O'Grady told ...
Paul Brady has Unfinished Business… and we have tickets to give away!
  –  November 9, 2017
Admired by his peers, recent double live album, ‘The Vicar Street Sessions’ featured duets with Van Morrison, Mark Knopfler, Bonnie Raitt, Sinead O’Connor, Ronan Keating, Curtis Stigers, Gavin Friday, Mary Black, Moya Brennan, Maura O’Connell and ...
Mark Knopfler Plays ‘Accomplice’ To Tommy Emmanuel
  –  November 8, 2017
Mark Knopfler is among the contributors to the upcoming Accomplice One album by Australian guitarist and singer-songwriter Tommy Emmanuel. The much-respected, ARIA Award-winning and Grammy-nominated musician will have the record released on 19 January 2018 ...
Lee Ann Womack
  –  November 7, 2017
Bassist Glenn Worf (Alan Jackson, Bob Seger, Tammy Wynette, Mark Knopfler and others), drummer Jerry Roe (numerous Nashville sessions and his band Friendship Commanders), guitarists Ethan Ballinger, Adam Wright (Alan Jackson, Solomon Burke and others), and ...
Bob Dylan’s Songs for the Soul, Revisited and Redeemed
  –  November 6, 2017
While the studio band for “Slow Train Coming” featured Mark Knopfler and Pick Withers of Dire Straits, Mr. Dylan’s touring band was American and mostly Southern, steeped in gospel, the blues, rock and reggae. Along with Mr. Tackett and Mr. Keltner ...
Denver Museum of Nature & Science turns time on evolution
  –  November 5, 2017
(Masiakasaurus knopfleri, a small, bipedal carnivore from Madagascar, was christened by its music-loving paleontological discoverers in honor of Dire Straits front man Mark Knopfler.) I carefully sift for microfossils and gingerly scrape sand from the ...
How Bob Dylan found God, and his fans found another boxset to buy
  –  November 4, 2017
Gathering a crack group of studio musicians and guitarist Mark Knopfler, he delivered a batch of songs including Gotta Serve Somebody, When He Returns and Man Gave Names to All the Animals, that left no doubt where his head was at. Thousands of fans were ...
Ruth Moody: kickin' it solo
  –  November 3, 2017
You may know her from folk trifecta The Wailin’ Jennys or from her collaborations with Mark Knopfler, but Ruth Moody is more than capable of commanding a stage on her own. Her concert at the Chatfield Center for the Arts (featuring guest Knopfler ...
8 movies about music to catch during the Sound Unseen film festival
  –  November 3, 2017
St. Paul’s Red House Records released her most recent solo record “These Wilder Things,” a collection of original songs (and a great cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark”) performed with special guests Jerry Douglas, Mark Knopfler ...
Singled Out: The Contenders' The Flood
  –  November 3, 2017
It recorded with a very cool, earthy snarl. The last bit was the electric part where I found myself seeking a tone reminiscent of somewhere between Mark Knopfler's tone on early Dire Straits albums and Mike Campbell's slide tone on "Won't Back Down."
The end of analog infrastructure
  –  November 3, 2017
Dire Straits fans who listen to the band's seminal 1985 album Brothers In Arms in any digital format - on their phone, on a streaming radio service or on satellite radio - are listening to the music exactly the way Mark Knopfler and the band wanted people ...
Rock Hall of Fame: Radiohead, Rage, Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode Lead Nominees
  –  November 2, 2017
added the Zombies' Colin Blunstone. Dire Straits had an even wider assortment of musicians come and go over the years, but only frontman Mark Knopfler, bassist John Illsley, drummer Pick Withers, guitarist David Knopfler and keyboardists Alan Clark and Guy ...
A member of one of the biggest bands that ever was has backed Swansea's City of Culture 2021 bid
  –  November 1, 2017
After playing in some of the biggest arenas in the world, the Pontardawe Arts Centre should hold no fear for a man who, along with Mark Knopfler and other members of Dire Straits, sold more than 120 million albums and picked up a clutch of Brit Awards and ...
An Undulating Swell Of Orchestral Sound
  –  October 30, 2017
Founded by British singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film score composer Mark Knopfler, British Grove is one of few large-scale studios to have been built in the new millennium, and its unique vision of combining state-of-the-art technology ...

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