Dire Straits Biography (Wikipedia)
Dire Straits were a British rock band that formed in Deptford, London, in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), his younger brother David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion). Dire Straits' sound drew from a variety of musical influences, including jazz, folk, and blues, and came closest to beat music within the context of rock and roll. Despite the prominence of punk rock during the band's early years, their stripped-down sound contrasted with punk, demonstrating a more "rootsy" influence that emerged from pub rock. Many of Dire Straits' compositions were melancholic.
Dire Straits' biggest selling album, 1985's Brothers in Arms has sold over 30 million copies, and was the first album to sell a million copies on the then new compact disc (CD) format. They also became one of the world's most commercially successful bands, with worldwide record sales of over 100 million. Dire Straits won four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards—winning Best British Group twice, two MTV Video Music Awards, and various other music awards. The band's songs include "Money for Nothing", "Sultans of Swing", "So Far Away", "Walk of Life", "Brothers in Arms", "Private Investigations", "Romeo and Juliet", "Tunnel of Love", "Telegraph Road", and "Lady Writer".
- John Illsley performs live in session!https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03zjwyy.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03zjwyy.jpg2016-06-26T13:10:00.000ZJohn Illsley performs a live acoustic version of Sultans Of Swing!http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03zjykn
John Illsley performs live in session!
- Will Dire Straits get back together?https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03zjwvr.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03zjwvr.jpg2016-06-26T13:06:00.000ZJohn Illsley is asked whether or not Dire Straits will reform.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03zjy1l
Will Dire Straits get back together?
- Mark Knopfler inducted into Singers Hall of Famehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02yy7w5.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02yy7w5.jpg2015-08-09T19:55:00.000ZMark Knopfler inducted into Singers Hall of Famehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02yy7ym
Mark Knopfler inducted into Singers Hall of Fame
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