Mark Freuder Knopfler OBE – born 12 August 1949) is a British singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He was the lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for the rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded with his younger brother, David Knopfler, in 1977. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised in Ashburton, Gosforth Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
Dire Straits recorded six albums, including Brothers in Arms (1985), one of the bestselling albums in history. After they disbanded in 1995, Knopfler began a solo career, and has produced nine solo albums. 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). He has worked with musicians including B.B. King, Chet Atkins, Chris Botti, John Anderson, the Chieftains, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Joan Armatrading, Bryan Ferry, George Jones, Phil Lynott, Donal Lunny, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Sting, Emmylou Harris and James Taylor, sometimes working as a session musician. He has produced albums for Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, and Randy Newman.
Described by Classic Rock as a virtuoso, Knopfler is a fingerstyle guitarist and was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone‘s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. As of 2009, he and Dire Straits had sold more than 120 million records. 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. Knopfler was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Dire Straits in 2018.
The following readers are also dedicated fans to Guitar Talkers – because of that – they too will have each episode of the mini series dedicated to them. If you too are a fan, please do let me know below.
|Jeanne of a Jeanne in the Kitchen||Angie of King Ben’s Grandma||Suzanne of Ellie894||Gary of Bereaved Single Dad|
I have been a fan of Dire Straits and Mark’s for absolute years in fact ever since he first appeared with his brother and the band in 1977/8. That was the year l first got back to the UK from living abroad for a good many years with my parents in Australia, Malaysia and the States. Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet, Private Investigations and the list of excellence and fan following goes on and on for me!
As to Mark’s guitarist skills … what can l say? Emotional, influential, magical, dedicated, passionate and amazing really are the words l would personally use to sum up Mark Knpfler. I am a BIG huge fan.
Here’s my Top 7 for him – what would be in your line up?
|Down to the Waterline – 1979|
|Sultan’s of Swing – 1978|
|Telegraph Road – 1982|
|Tunnel of Love – 1980|
|Private Investigations – 1982|
|Romeo and Juliet – 1980|
|Golden Heart – 1996|
So they are my personal Top 7 – what are yours?
So there we go folks – Mark Knopfler – The Guitar Talker 2# – Fan or Not?