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Dire Straits
Playing in Norway in October 1985 From L-R, Guy Fletcher (behind), John Illsley, Mark Knopfler & Jack Sonni
Playing in Norway in October 1985
From L-R, Guy Fletcher (behind), John Illsley, Mark Knopfler & Jack Sonni
Background information
Origin Newcastle, England
Genre(s) Rock
Years active 1977–1995
Label(s) Phonogram, Vertigo, Warner Bros. (U.S.)
Associated acts The Notting Hillbillies, Michael Brecker
Members
Mark Knopfler
John Illsley
Alan Clark
Guy Fletcher
Former members
David Knopfler
Pick Withers
Hal Lindes
Terry Williams
Jack Sonni

Dire Straits were an English rock band, formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (guitar and vocals), his brother David Knopfler (guitar), John Illsley (bass), and Pick Withers (drums), and subsequently 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. 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. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Dire Straits is the self-titled debut album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1978 (see 1978 in music). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is about a city in the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Phonogram Records was started in 1962 as a joint venture between Philips Records and Deutsche Grammophon. ... Vertigo Records was the name Philips Records chose in the sixties for its record label to counter the progressive labels of its rivals EMI (with Harvest Records) and Decca Records (with Deram Records). ... Warner Bros. ... The Notting Hillbillies was a country project formed by Dire Straits’ singer / guitarist Mark Knopfler with Brendan Croker, Steve Phillips, and Guy Fletcher. ... Michael Brecker (March 29, 1949 – January 13th, 2007) was a popular US jazz saxophonist and composer. ... Mark Freuder Knopfler OBE (born August 12, 1949, Glasgow, Scotland) is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and film score composer. ... John Illsley (born on 24 June 1949, in Leicester, England) was the bass player for the British rock band Dire Straits. ... Alan Clark (born May 5, 1952, Durham, England) was one of the keyboardists for the British rock band Dire Straits. ... Guy Fletcher (born May 24, 1960 in Maidstone, Kent) was the keyboardist to the popular 1978-1996 British rock band Dire Straits. ... David Knopfler (born December 27, 1952 in Glasgow) is a Scottish guitarist, singer and songwriter. ... Pick Withers (born April 4, 1948) was the original drummer for the rock band Dire Straits and played on their first four albums, which included hit singles such as Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet and Skateaway. ... Hal Lindes (born June 30, 1953). ... Terry Williams (born 1948) is a Welsh rock drummer, whose resume includes Paul McCartney, BB King, and Bob Dylan. ... Jack Sonni was the rhythm guitarist for the British band Dire Straits from 1985 to 1988. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Mark Freuder Knopfler OBE (born August 12, 1949, Glasgow, Scotland) is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and film score composer. ... David Knopfler (born December 27, 1952 in Glasgow) is a Scottish guitarist, singer and songwriter. ... John Illsley (born on 24 June 1949, in Leicester, England) was the bass player for the British rock band Dire Straits. ... Pick Withers (born April 4, 1948) was the original drummer for the rock band Dire Straits and played on their first four albums, which included hit singles such as Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet and Skateaway. ... Ed Bicknell was on the Hull University entertainments committee, arranging bands for the students, when he first got a taste for the music industry. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... For the magazine, see Classic Rock (magazine). ... Stadium Rock was a term that referred to a large concert usually held in stadiums. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... “Golden record” redirects here. ...


The band's best-known songs include "Sultans of Swing," "Romeo and Juliet," " Tunnel of Love," "Money for Nothing," "Heavy Fuel," "Walk of Life" and "Brothers in Arms." Sultans of Swing was the first single release of the British rock band Dire Straits. ... Romeo and Juliet was a single by the the British rock band Dire Straits. ... Tunnel of Love is a 1981 rock song by Dire Straits. ... Money for Nothing is a song by Dire Straits, which first appeared on their 1985 album Brothers in Arms and subsequently became an international hit when released as a single. ... Heavy Fuel is a song by the rock band Dire Straits released on their album On Every Street in 1991. ... Walk of Life is a 1985 song by the British rock band Dire Straits. ... Brothers in Arms is a 1985 song by Dire Straits, appearing as the last track on the album of the same name Lyrics Categories: ...


Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler have sold in excess of 118 million albums to date.[1][2]

Contents

History

Early years

In 1978, Dire Straits recorded their first album, Dire Straits (so called due to the financial condition the members were living in at the time), at Basing Street studios (now known as 'Sarm West') near Portobello Road in West London for £12,500.[citation needed]. During the initial U.K. release on Vertigo Records, a division of Phonogram, the album had little promotion and was not well received. However, the U.K. album came to the attention of Karin Berg, an assistant in the artists and repertoire (A&R) department of Warner Bros. Records in New York City. She felt it was the kind of music that audiences were hungry for, but only one person in her department agreed at first. "Other people didn't hear it." "The act was doing poorly in the U.K., and the record wasn't getting air play." After the album was released in the U.S. by Warner Bros. it caught on quickly and sold over 1 million copies.[citation needed] Later, when re-released as a single, "Sultans of Swing" became a surprise UK chart hit, making the top 10, and went on to become a very popular live song which was regularly played throughout the band's career. The first album eventually went top ten in every European country.[citation needed] Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Dire Straits is the self-titled debut album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1978 (see 1978 in music). ... Portobello Road Portobello Road is a road in the Notting Hill district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in west London. ... Vertigo Records was the name Philips Records chose in the sixties for its record label to counter the progressive labels of its rivals EMI (with Harvest Records) and Decca Records (with Deram Records). ... Phonogram Records was started in 1962 as a joint venture between Philips Records and Deutsche Grammophon. ... Warner Bros. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Sultans of Swing was the first single release of the British rock band Dire Straits. ...


The group's second album, Communiqué followed in 1979. Communiqué showed as number one in the German album charts with Dire Straits simultaneously at number 3. Both albums are characterised by a stripped-down sound. However, this would change, along with the band's line-up, over the years. Mark Knopfler and John Illsley played together until the dissolution of Dire Straits, the only two founding members to do so. Communiqué is the second album by British rock band Dire Straits. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ...


Increased complexity

In 1980, Dire Straits released their third album, Making Movies. This marked a move towards more complex arrangements and production which would continue for the remainder of the band's career until the group's dissolution in the 1990s. Featuring "Romeo and Juliet", which became one of the band's best known chart hits, Making Movies saw the departure of David Knopfler while the recording of the album was still in progress; Sid McGinnis filled in on rhythm guitar as the sessions continued. Although Mark played on one track on brother David's first solo album, they did not reconcile over the years.[citation needed] The album also featured keyboardist Roy Bittan from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and was produced by Jimmy Iovine. Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Making Movies is the third album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1980. ... Romeo and Juliet was a single by the the British rock band Dire Straits. ... Sid McGinnis (born October 6, ????) is an American musician and guitarist, best known for his work on the CBS Television show, The Late Show with David Letterman, as part of the CBS Orchestra. ... A keyboardist is a musician who plays keyboard instruments. ... Roy Bittan (born July 2, 1949 in Rockaway Beach, Queens, New York City) is an American keyboardist, best known as a member of Bruce Springsteens E Street Band, which he joined on August 23, 1974. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... Jimmy Iovine was born on March 11, 1953, in Brooklyn, New York. ...


Keyboardist Alan Clark and Californian guitarist Hal Lindes joined the lineup for the fourth studio album, Love Over Gold, which was released in 1982 and reached #1 in the UK. The title was inspired by graffiti seen from the window of Knopfler's old council flat in Deptford, SE London. It was also the first Dire Straits album produced by Mark Knopfler. Its main chart hit, "Private Investigations", gave Dire Straits their first UK top 5 hit single, reaching #2 position despite its almost seven-minute length, and became another of the band's most popular live songs. In other territories, the single "Industrial Disease" was the album's calling card, particularly in Canada where it was a top 10 hit. Alan Clark (born May 5, 1952, Durham, England) was one of the keyboardists for the British rock band Dire Straits. ... Hal Lindes (born June 30, 1953). ... Love over Gold is the fourth album by British rock band Dire Straits. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ...


Shortly after the release of Love Over Gold, drummer Pick Withers left the band for a jazz career. His replacement was Terry Williams, formerly of Rockpile. For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Terry Williams (born 1948) is a Welsh rock drummer, whose resume includes Paul McCartney, BB King, and Bob Dylan. ... Rockpile was a British rock group noted for strong rockabilly and power pop influences. ...


In 1983, a four-song EP titled ExtendedancEPlay was released, featuring the hit single "Twisting By the Pool". This was followed in 1984 by the double live album, Alchemy. During this time Mark Knopfler also wrote the music score for the films Local Hero and Cal. Dire Straits' biggest hit was still to come. Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... EP can stand for: EP is the IATA code for Iran Aseman Airlines Extended play, a music recording (usually consisting of several tracks, but shorter than a typical album) European Parliament, the parliamentary body of the European Union Evolutionary psychology, a belief that psychology can be better understood in light... ExtendedancEPlay is a four-track EP album by British rock band Dire Straits. ... This article is about the year. ... Alchemy: Dire Straits Live is the first live album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1984 (see 1984 in music). ... Local Hero is a 1983 Scottish comedy film starring Peter Riegert, Denis Lawson and Burt Lancaster. ... Cal is a 1984 British film based on a novel written by Bernard MacLaverty who also wrote the script. ...


The Brothers in Arms era

At the end of 1984 Dire Straits started recording tracks at Air Studios, Montserrat for their fifth studio album, Brothers in Arms, which was released in 1985. There were further personnel changes, with the addition of a second keyboardist, Guy Fletcher. Guitarist Hal Lindes left the band suddenly during the recording sessions. His place was taken by Jack Sonni although Sonni was not credited as an official band member for the new album release. Terry Williams was also joined on drums by Omar Hakim: both are credited as band members for this release. Brothers in Arms is the fifth studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1985. ... This article is about the year. ... Guy Fletcher (born May 24, 1960 in Maidstone, Kent) was the keyboardist to the popular 1978-1996 British rock band Dire Straits. ... Hal Lindes (born June 30, 1953). ... Jack Sonni was the rhythm guitarist for the British band Dire Straits from 1985 to 1988. ... Omar Hakim (born February 12,1959 New York City) is a noted drummer in jazz, jazz fusion and pop music. ...


Brothers In Arms went on to become the biggest selling album of 1985 in the UK, and was a huge hit internationally. It spawned several chart singles, including the U.S. number one hit "Money for Nothing" (#4 in the UK), which was the first video ever to be played on MTV in Britain. "Money for Nothing" featured guest vocals by Sting from The Police, while "Walk of Life" was the band's most commercially successful single in the UK, peaking at #2. Money for Nothing is a song by Dire Straits, which first appeared on their 1985 album Brothers in Arms and subsequently became an international hit when released as a single. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... The music video for the song featured early computer animation illustrating the lyrics. ... This article is about the musician. ... The Police was a three-piece British pop band which was strongly influenced by reggae, and came to prominence in the wake of the punk rock phenomenon and rose to become one of the most popular groups in the world from the late 1970s to the mid- 1980s. ... Walk of Life is a 1985 song by the British rock band Dire Straits. ...


The 1985–86 world tour was phenomenally successful. While playing a 13-night residency at Wembley Arena, the band moved down the road to Wembley Stadium on the afternoon of July 13, 1985 to appear in Live Aid. Their set included "Money For Nothing" with Sting as guest vocalist. The tour ended at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia, where Dire Straits still holds the record for consecutive appearances (21 nights). The last show of this extended stay in Sydney was recorded and broadcast on Australian and New Zealand television, and is well known for the one-off calypso rendition of "So Far Away" and the band's impromptu attempt at the famous Australian folk song "Waltzing Matilda". In a two-year span, Dire Straits played 247 shows in over 100 different cities. Wembley Arena at Night (Taken at a live WWE Show). ... Wembley Stadium was a football stadium located in Wembley, London. ... is the 194th day of the year (195th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Ethiopia, as its borders were in 1985. ... This article is about the musician. ... This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... So Far Away is a 1985 rock song by Dire Straits. ... Waltzing Matilda is usually sung in informal settings, but it was played with a 90 piece orchestra and the 100 voice Melbourne Chorale at the 2005 Classical Spectacular Waltzing Matilda is Australias most widely known folk song, and one that has been popularly suggested as a potential national anthem. ...


The commercial success of Brothers in Arms was greatly aided by being one of the first fully digitally recorded and produced albums available in the then new Compact Disc format, leading early adopters of the new technology to consider it a "must buy" album in a limited landscape of available music in CD format. The Brothers in Arms CD was one of the first CD albums to contain material not found on the LP equivalent; it featured the full 12" version of the "Money for Nothing" cut, rather than the seven-minute version that appears on the LP. In fact, the CD includes extended versions of all the tracks that feature on side one of the original LP, with the exception of "Walk of Life". CD redirects here. ...


"Brothers in Arms" is also reported to be the world's first CD single, issued in the UK in two separate singles as a promotional item, one distinguished with a logo for the tour, Live in '85, and a second to commemorate the Australian leg of the tour marked Live in '86. Containing just four tracks, it had a very limited print run. Furthermore, the new format offered an excellent showcase for Knopfler's meticulous production values on the earlier albums, leading many existing fans to repurchase the group's entire back catalogue.


Brothers in Arms was similarly successful in the U.S., peaking at No. 1 on Billboard magazine's Top Pop Albums Chart for nine weeks, going multi-platinum, and finishing at No. 5 for 1986. It has been suggested that Billboard be merged into this article or section. ...


Brothers in Arms was certified nine times platinum in August 1996. In 2005 it was re-released in Super Audio CD format and DualDisc format, to mark the 20th anniversary since the album's original release. The 20th anniversary edition won a Grammy for Best Surround Sound Album. A recent poll conducted in the UK revealed that Brothers in Arms is the third best-selling album there of all time. The description Gold Album is applied to recorded music albums that have sold a minimum number of copies (in the US, currently 500,000 sales). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Super Audio CD (SACD) is a read-only optical audio disc format aimed at providing much higher fidelity digital audio reproduction than the Red Book audio CD. Introduced in 2000, it was developed by Sony and Philips Electronics, the same companies that created the Compact Disc. ... DualDisc is a type of double-sided optical disc product developed by a group of record companies including EMI Music, Universal Music Group, Sony/BMG Music Entertainment, Warner Music Group, and 5. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...


Later years

After Dire Straits' highly successful Brothers in Arms tour ended in 1986, Mark Knopfler rested the band temporarily and concentrated on solo projects and film soundtracks. Dire Straits regrouped for the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert in 1988, where they were the headline act. Joining them for their set was Eric Clapton (who performed his hit "Wonderful Tonight" with the group). Dire Straits then went on a lengthy hiatus and a greatest hits album, Money for Nothing, was released in October 1988, reaching #1 in the UK. Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... The Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute was a concert event held on June 11, 1988 at the Wembley Stadium, London. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE[2] (born 30 March 1945) [3], nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... Wonderful Tonight is a song written by Eric Clapton about his then-love, Pattie Boyd. ... Money for Nothing is a greatest hits album by Dire Straits released in 1988. ...


During 1990 Mark Knopfler and Guy Fletcher worked and toured with The Notting Hillbillies (who had a minor hit single Your Own Sweet Way from their sole album Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time). In January 1991 Dire Straits reformed again, but without drummer Terry Williams who had left the group in 1989. Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... The Notting Hillbillies was a country project formed by Dire Straits’ singer / guitarist Mark Knopfler with Brendan Croker, Steve Phillips, and Guy Fletcher. ... Railroadroad Work Song – 5:29 Bewildered – 2:37 Your Own Sweet Way – 4:32 Run Me Down – 2:25 One Way Gal – 3:10 Blues stay Away from Me – 3:50 Will You Miss Me – 3:52 Please Baby – 3:50 Weapon of Prayer – 3:10 Thats Where I... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Terry Williams (born 1948) is a Welsh rock drummer, whose resume includes Paul McCartney, BB King, and Bob Dylan. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ...


Dire Straits now comprised four key members: Knopfler, John Illsley, and keyboardists Alan Clark and Guy Fletcher. For the recording sessions Williams' place was taken by the highly respected American drummer Jeff Porcaro from Toto (who after recording was offered a full time role in the band, but declined due to recording commitments to Toto). Accompanied by other part-time musicians including Paul Franklin, Danny Cummings, Chris White, and Phil Palmer, the group began recording tracks for a new album. The result was the band's final original studio album, On Every Street, released in 1991, six years after the release of Brothers in Arms. Jeffrey Thomas Porcaro (April 1, 1954 – August 5, 1992) was a highly regarded session drummer and a founding member of the Grammy Award winning band Toto. ... Toto (IPA pronunciation: ) is a Grammy Award winning American rock band founded in 1976[1] by some of the most popular and experienced session musicians of the era. ... This person is not to be confused with the American serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin. ... Danny Cummings is a percussionist and drummer from Sheffield. ... Chris White (July 13, 1955) is a British jazz/rock saxophonist who toured with Dire Straits from 1985-1995 and who has played with many bands and artists, including Robbie Williams, Paul McCartney, Chris De Burgh and Mick Jagger. ... Phil Palmer is a session guitarist in jazz and rock who has worked with numerous artists, including the Pet Shop Boys, Wishbone Ash (1986 touring), Joan Armatrading, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Tina Turner, Chris de Burgh, Bryan Adams, George Michael and Melanie C. He often works with producer Trevor Horn. ... On Every Street is the sixth and final studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1991 (see 1991 in music). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...


On Every Street was a widely anticipated release, but met with mixed reviews and moderate success. It was regarded by some reviewers as an underwhelming follow up and produced only minor hit-singles, including The Bug, (which contains backing vocals by Vince Gill who also turned down an invitation to join the band full time). Although the new album did not sell as well as its predecessor, it still hit #1 in the UK. Vince Gill (born Vincent Grant Gill[1], April 12, 1957) is an American neotraditional country musician, songwriter, and singer. ...


The 1991–1992 world tour that followed On Every Street was not as successful as the previous 1985–1986 tour. The last concert in this tour (and the final concert of the group on tour) took place on 9 October 1992 in Zaragoza, Spain. A live album, On the Night, released in 1993, documented that tour, in which Chris Whitten played drums. However, both On Every Street and On the Night confirmed that the band's popularity had peaked with the Brothers In Arms release. For other uses, see Zaragoza (disambiguation). ... On the Night is the third live album by Dire Straits. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Chris Whitten is a British session drummer who provided drums for the classic hits What I Am by Edie Brickell, World Shut your Mouth by Julian Cope and The Whole Of The Moon by The Waterboys. ... On Every Street is the sixth and final studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1991 (see 1991 in music). ... On the Night is the third live album by Dire Straits. ... Brothers in Arms can refer to: a 1985 album called Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits. ...


Dire Straits released one last album in 1995, Live at the BBC, before disbanding. This collection of live recordings from their early years was a contractual album for Vertigo Records. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Live at the BBC is a live effort by Dire Straits, recorded in-between the release of their first album and Making Movies, their third effort. ... Vertigo Records was the name Philips Records chose in the sixties for its record label to counter the progressive labels of its rivals EMI (with Harvest Records) and Decca Records (with Deram Records). ...


Dissolution

Always a relatively quiet act, Dire Straits officially disbanded in 1995. Mark Knopfler quietly laid the band to rest, having expressed the desire to give up touring on a big scale. The group's final world tour had not been the success that it should have been, and had taken its toll on the band.[3] Following Dire Straits' dissolution, Knopfler immediately launched his solo career, of which Guy Fletcher has been associated with almost every single piece of work to date. The percussionist Danny Cummings has also appeared frequently. Knopfler also started writing movie scores once again. Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Mark Freuder Knopfler OBE (born August 12, 1949, Glasgow, Scotland) is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and film score composer. ... Guy Fletcher (born May 24, 1960 in Maidstone, Kent) was the keyboardist to the popular 1978-1996 British rock band Dire Straits. ... Danny Cummings is a percussionist and drummer from Sheffield. ...


During 1996 the entire Dire Straits catalogue was remastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, and re-released on CD in most of the world outside the US . The remasters were released in September 2000 in the United States. Three 'Best of' albums have been released: Money for Nothing (1988) was followed ten years later by Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits. However, the most recent compilation is The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations, which was released in November 2005, and was made available in two editions: a single CD (with a grey cover) and also as double CD (with the cover in blue). Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Bob Ludwig (b. ... 2000 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December This is a timeline for events in September, 2000. ... Money for Nothing is a greatest hits album by Dire Straits released in 1988. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Private Investigations compilation consisted of material from the majority of Dire Straits' studio albums, as well as Mark Knopfler's solo and soundtrack material. The album only contained one previously unreleased track - "All The Roadrunning", a duet with Emmylou Harris later released on an album of the same name. It was, surprisingly, an underground hit and did exceptionally well, considering Dire Straits had broken up over ten years prior to its release. Emmylou Harris (born April 2, 1947, Birmingham, Alabama) is a country, folk, alternative rock, and alternative country musician. ... All the Roadrunning is a collaborative album by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris. ...


2005 also saw the limited edition release of the 20th anniversary edition of the Brothers in Arms album, which also did exceptionally well, winning a Grammy award for Best Surround Sound Album. Brothers in Arms is the fifth studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1985. ...


Notable Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler fans include the late Douglas Adams, the late Princess Diana, Quentin Tarantino, and the band The Killers, who performed a cover of Romeo and Juliet for the Live from Abbey Road series on Channel 4. Indian cricket great Sachin Tendulkar is another Dire Straits fan. The band System of a Down sometimes plays a part from Sultans Of Swing on their live concerts, as an intro for their song called Aerials, and even Metallica played Brothers In Arms live on a the 21st Annual Bridge School Benefit. Douglas Noël Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. ... Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances Mountbatten-Windsor, née Spencer) (1 July 1961–31 August 1997), commonly, but incorrectly, known as Princess Diana, was for fifteen years the wife of HRH The Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. ... Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is a Palme dOr-winning American film director, actor, and an Oscar winning screenwriter. ... The Killers are an American rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada, most famous for their hit singles Somebody Told Me, Mr. ... Live from Abbey Road is a 12 part one hour performance series/documentary filmed during 2006 at Abbey Road Studios in London. ... This article is about the British television station. ... Tendulkar redirects here. ... For the bands self-titled album, see System of a Down (album). ... Metallica is a Grammy Award-winning American heavy metal/thrash metal band formed in 1981[1] and has become one of the most commercially successful musical acts of recent decades. ...


Dire Straits members

Year(s) Full-time band members Auxiliary touring members
1977–1980
1980
  • Mark Knopfler - guitar, lead vocals
  • John Illsley - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Pick Withers - drums, backing vocals
did not tour
1980–1982
  • Mark Knopfler - lead guitar, lead vocals
  • Hal Lindes - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • John Illsley - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alan Clark - keyboards
  • Pick Withers - drums
1982–1984
  • Mark Knopfler - lead guitar, lead vocals
  • Hal Lindes - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • John Illsley - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alan Clark - keyboards
  • Terry Williams - drums
1984–1985
  • Mark Knopfler - lead guitar, lead vocals
  • Hal Lindes - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • John Illsley - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alan Clark - keyboards
  • Guy Fletcher - synthesizer, backing vocals
  • Terry Williams - drums
did not tour
1985–1988
  • Mark Knopfler - lead guitar, lead vocals
  • Jack Sonni - rhythm guitar
  • John Illsley - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alan Clark - keyboards
  • Guy Fletcher - synthesizer, backing vocals
  • Terry Williams - drums
1988–1989
  • Mark Knopfler - guitar, lead vocals
  • John Illsley - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alan Clark - keyboard
  • Guy Fletcher - synthesizer, backing vocals
  • Terry Williams - drums
1989–1991
  • Mark Knopfler - guitar, lead vocals
  • John Illsley - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alan Clark - keyboards
  • Guy Fletcher - synthesizer, backing vocals
did not tour
1991–1992
  • Mark Knopfler - guitar, lead vocals
  • John Illsley - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alan Clark - keyboards
  • Guy Fletcher - synthesizer, backing vocals
1992–1995
  • Mark Knopfler - guitar, lead vocals
  • John Illsley - bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Alan Clark - keyboards
  • Guy Fletcher - synthesizer, backing vocals
did not tour

Mark Freuder Knopfler OBE (born August 12, 1949, Glasgow, Scotland) is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and film score composer. ... Lead guitar refers to a role within a band, that provides melody or melodic material, as opposed to the rhythm of the rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... David Knopfler (born December 27, 1952 in Glasgow) is a Scottish guitarist, singer and songwriter. ... Rhythm guitar is a guitar that is primarily used to provide rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment for a singer or for other instruments in an ensemble. ... Piano, a well-known instance of keyboard instruments A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. ... A backup vocalist is a vocalist that sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, with other backup vocalists, or alone but in the background of a song. ... John Illsley (born on 24 June 1949, in Leicester, England) was the bass player for the British rock band Dire Straits. ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... Pick Withers (born April 4, 1948) was the original drummer for the rock band Dire Straits and played on their first four albums, which included hit singles such as Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet and Skateaway. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, wood block, chimes or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ... Percussion redirects here. ... Hal Lindes (born June 30, 1953). ... Alan Clark (born May 5, 1952, Durham, England) was one of the keyboardists for the British rock band Dire Straits. ... Terry Williams (born 1948) is a Welsh rock drummer, whose resume includes Paul McCartney, BB King, and Bob Dylan. ... Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ... Melvyn Desmond Mel Collins (b. ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored instrument of the woodwind family. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Guy Fletcher (born May 24, 1960 in Maidstone, Kent) was the keyboardist to the popular 1978-1996 British rock band Dire Straits. ... Synth redirects here. ... Jack Sonni was the rhythm guitarist for the British band Dire Straits from 1985 to 1988. ... Chris White (July 13, 1955) is a British jazz/rock saxophonist who toured with Dire Straits from 1985-1995 and who has played with many bands and artists, including Robbie Williams, Paul McCartney, Chris De Burgh and Mick Jagger. ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored instrument of the woodwind family. ... Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE[2] (born 30 March 1945) [3], nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Chris Whitten is a British session drummer who provided drums for the classic hits What I Am by Edie Brickell, World Shut your Mouth by Julian Cope and The Whole Of The Moon by The Waterboys. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ... Phil Palmer is a session guitarist in jazz and rock who has worked with numerous artists, including the Pet Shop Boys, Wishbone Ash (1986 touring), Joan Armatrading, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Tina Turner, Chris de Burgh, Bryan Adams, George Michael and Melanie C. He often works with producer Trevor Horn. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Paul Franklin is a steel guitar, pedal steel guitar, dobro, pedabro, lap steel guitar, slide guitar and fiddle player, widely regarded as one of the most accomplished session musicians in the music business. ... Pedal steel guitar with two 10-string necks The pedal steel guitar is a type of electric guitar that uses a metal slide to stop the strings, rather than fingers on strings as with a conventional guitar. ... Danny Cummings is a percussionist and drummer from Sheffield. ... Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ...

Members at dissolution of band

Mark Freuder Knopfler OBE (born August 12, 1949, Glasgow, Scotland) is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and film score composer. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... John Illsley (born on 24 June 1949, in Leicester, England) was the bass player for the British rock band Dire Straits. ... A sunburst-colored Precision Bass The electric bass guitar (or electric bass; pronounced , as in base) is a bass stringed instrument played with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick. ... A backup vocalist is a vocalist that sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, with other backup vocalists, or alone but in the background of a song. ... Alan Clark (born May 5, 1952, Durham, England) was one of the keyboardists for the British rock band Dire Straits. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Guy Fletcher (born May 24, 1960 in Maidstone, Kent) was the keyboardist to the popular 1978-1996 British rock band Dire Straits. ... Synth redirects here. ... A backup vocalist is a vocalist that sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, with other backup vocalists, or alone but in the background of a song. ...

Discography

Main albums

Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Dire Straits is the self-titled debut album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1978 (see 1978 in music). ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Communiqué is the second album by British rock band Dire Straits. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Making Movies is the third album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1980. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Love over Gold is the fourth album by British rock band Dire Straits. ... This article is about the year. ... Brothers in Arms is the fifth studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1985. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... On Every Street is the sixth and final studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1991 (see 1991 in music). ...

EPs

Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... ExtendedancEPlay is a four-track EP album by British rock band Dire Straits. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Encores EP is a live EP by Dire Straits, released shortly after their live album On the Night. ...

Live albums

This article is about the year. ... Alchemy: Dire Straits Live is the first live album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1984 (see 1984 in music). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... On the Night is the third live album by Dire Straits. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Live at the BBC is a live effort by Dire Straits, recorded in-between the release of their first album and Making Movies, their third effort. ...

Compilations

  • 1988 Money for Nothing #1 UK (BPI:) 4x Platinum ; #62 US (RIAA:) Platinum
  • 1998 Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits (also on DVD)
  • 2005 The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations

Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Money for Nothing is a greatest hits album by Dire Straits released in 1988. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Singles

Year Song US US MSR UK CAN Album
1979 "Sultans Of Swing" #2 - #8 #6 Dire Straits
1979 "Lady Writer" #45 - #51 #51 Communiqué
1981 "Romeo and Juliet" - - #8 - Making Movies
1981 "Skateaway" #58 #31 #37 - Making Movies
1981 "Tunnel of Love" - - #54 - Making Movies
1982 "Private Investigations" - - #2 #2 Love Over Gold
1983 "Industrial Disease" #75 #9 - #18 Love Over Gold
1983 "Twisting By The Pool" - #12 #14 #18 ExtendedancEPlay
1984 "Love Over Gold (Live)" - - #50 - Alchemy: Dire Straits Live
1985 "So Far Away"1 #19 #29 #20 #24 Brothers In Arms
1985 "Money For Nothing" #1 #1 #4 #1 Brothers In Arms
1985 "Brothers In Arms" - - #16 - Brothers In Arms
1986 "Walk Of Life" #6 #4 #1 #5 Brothers In Arms
1986 "Your Latest Trick" - - #26 - Brothers In Arms
1988 "Sultans Of Swing (Re-Issue)" - - #62 - Dire Straits
1991 "Calling Elvis" - #3 #21 #4 On Every Street
1991 "Heavy Fuel" - #1 #55 #17 On Every Street
1992 "On Every Street" - - #42 - On Every Street
1992 "The Bug" - #8 #67 #21 On Every Street
1993 "Encores (EP)" - - #31 - Encores (EP)
1993 "Your Latest Trick (Live)" - - - #91 On the Night
  • 11986 release in US/Canada

“Hot 100” redirects here. ... The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart is a ranking in Billboard magazine of the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations, a category that includes stations that play primarily rock music but are not modern rock (that is, alternative) stations, which are counted in the Modern Rock Tracks chart. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1979 Record labels established in 1979 1979 in music (UK) // Stevie Wonder uses digital audio recording technology in recording his album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants. ... Sultans of Swing was the first single release of the British rock band Dire Straits. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1979 Record labels established in 1979 1979 in music (UK) // Stevie Wonder uses digital audio recording technology in recording his album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants. ... Lady Writer is a 1979 rock song by Dire Straits. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1981 Record labels established in 1981 list of years in music // January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February 14 - Billy Idol leaves the band Generation... Romeo and Juliet was a single by the the British rock band Dire Straits. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1981 Record labels established in 1981 list of years in music // January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February 14 - Billy Idol leaves the band Generation... Skateaway is a 1981 rock song by Dire Straits. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1981 Record labels established in 1981 list of years in music // January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February 14 - Billy Idol leaves the band Generation... Tunnel of Love is a 1981 rock song by Dire Straits. ... See also: 1982 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1982 Record labels established in 1982 list of years in music // January 15 - K.C. and the Sunshine Bands Harry Wayne Casey is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida. ... Private Investigations is a popular song by Dire Straits from their album Love Over Gold. ... See also: 1983 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1983 Record labels established in 1983 // Michael Jacksons Thriller, the most successful album not only of 1983, but of all time, was released in 1982 and began its epic domination of the music charts the following year, 1983. ... See also: 1983 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1983 Record labels established in 1983 // Michael Jacksons Thriller, the most successful album not only of 1983, but of all time, was released in 1982 and began its epic domination of the music charts the following year, 1983. ... Twisting by the Pool is a 1983 rock song by Dire Straits. ... See also: // January 21 - Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood reaches number one in the UK singles chart: it spends a total of forty-two weeks in the Top 40. ... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... So Far Away is a 1985 rock song by Dire Straits. ... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... Money for Nothing is a song by Dire Straits, which first appeared on their 1985 album Brothers in Arms and subsequently became an international hit when released as a single. ... See also: other events of 1985 Musical groups established in 1985 Record labels established in 1985 list of years in music 1980s in music // January 28 - Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Perry, Kenny Loggins, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny... Brothers in Arms is a 1985 song by Dire Straits, appearing as the last track on the album of the same name Lyrics Categories: ... See also: Musical groups established in 1986 Record labels established in 1986 // 1986 - Goo Goo Dolls are formed in Buffalo, New York. ... Walk of Life is a 1985 song by the British rock band Dire Straits. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1986 Record labels established in 1986 // 1986 - Goo Goo Dolls are formed in Buffalo, New York. ... Your Latest Trick is a 1986 rock song by Dire Straits. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1988 Record labels established in 1988 // Peter Ruzicka becomes director of the Hamburg State Opera and State Philharmonic Orchestra. ... Sultans of Swing was the first single release of the British rock band Dire Straits. ... See also: 1991 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1991 Record labels established in 1991 // 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... Calling Elvis is a song written by Mark Knopfler and performed by Dire Straits. ... See also: 1991 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1991 Record labels established in 1991 // 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ... Heavy Fuel is a song by the rock band Dire Straits released on their album On Every Street in 1991. ... See also: 1992 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1992 Record labels established in 1992 // 1992 was a pivotal year in the development of music. ... See also: 1992 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1992 Record labels established in 1992 // 1992 was a pivotal year in the development of music. ... See also: 1993 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1993 Record labels established in 1993 // Date Unknown- Christian Rock label Tooth and Nail Records is formed. ... See also: 1993 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1993 Record labels established in 1993 // Date Unknown- Christian Rock label Tooth and Nail Records is formed. ...

Awards

The Brit Awards are the annual United Kingdom pop music awards founded by the British Phonographic Industry. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Money for Nothing is a song by Dire Straits, which first appeared on their 1985 album Brothers in Arms and subsequently became an international hit when released as a single. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... The Brit Awards are the annual United Kingdom pop music awards founded by the British Phonographic Industry. ... The Brit Awards are the annual United Kingdom pop music awards founded by the British Phonographic Industry. ... Brothers in Arms is the fifth studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1985. ...

References

  1. ^ Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler to give benefit concert at Opera House Boothbayregister 17 August 2006
  2. ^ Guy Fletcher official site
  3. ^ http://www.musicianguide.com/biographies/1608000435/Dire-Straits.html

Image File history File links Question_book-3. ...

External links

Mark Freuder Knopfler OBE (born August 12, 1949, Glasgow, Scotland) is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and film score composer. ... John Illsley (born on 24 June 1949, in Leicester, England) was the bass player for the British rock band Dire Straits. ... Alan Clark (born May 5, 1952, Durham, England) was one of the keyboardists for the British rock band Dire Straits. ... Guy Fletcher (born May 24, 1960 in Maidstone, Kent) was the keyboardist to the popular 1978-1996 British rock band Dire Straits. ... David Knopfler (born December 27, 1952 in Glasgow) is a Scottish guitarist, singer and songwriter. ... Pick Withers (born April 4, 1948) was the original drummer for the rock band Dire Straits and played on their first four albums, which included hit singles such as Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet and Skateaway. ... Hal Lindes (born June 30, 1953). ... Terry Williams (born 1948) is a Welsh rock drummer, whose resume includes Paul McCartney, BB King, and Bob Dylan. ... Jack Sonni was the rhythm guitarist for the British band Dire Straits from 1985 to 1988. ... Dire Straits is the self-titled debut album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1978 (see 1978 in music). ... Communiqué is the second album by British rock band Dire Straits. ... Making Movies is the third album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1980. ... Love over Gold is the fourth album by British rock band Dire Straits. ... ExtendedancEPlay is a four-track EP album by British rock band Dire Straits. ... Alchemy: Dire Straits Live is the first live album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1984 (see 1984 in music). ... Brothers in Arms is the fifth studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1985. ... Money for Nothing is a greatest hits album by Dire Straits released in 1988. ... On Every Street is the sixth and final studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1991 (see 1991 in music). ... On the Night is the third live album by Dire Straits. ... Encores EP is a live EP by Dire Straits, released shortly after their live album On the Night. ... Live at the BBC is a live effort by Dire Straits, recorded in-between the release of their first album and Making Movies, their third effort. ... Sultans of Swing was the first single release of the British rock band Dire Straits. ... Lady Writer is a 1979 rock song by Dire Straits. ... Romeo and Juliet was a single by the the British rock band Dire Straits. ... Skateaway is a 1981 rock song by Dire Straits. ... Tunnel of Love is a 1981 rock song by Dire Straits. ... Private Investigations is a popular song by Dire Straits from their album Love Over Gold. ... Twisting by the Pool is a 1983 rock song by Dire Straits. ... So Far Away is a 1985 rock song by Dire Straits. ... Money for Nothing is a song by Dire Straits, which first appeared on their 1985 album Brothers in Arms and subsequently became an international hit when released as a single. ... Brothers in Arms is a 1985 song by Dire Straits, appearing as the last track on the album of the same name Lyrics Categories: ... Walk of Life is a 1985 song by the British rock band Dire Straits. ... Your Latest Trick is a 1986 rock song by Dire Straits. ... Calling Elvis is a song written by Mark Knopfler and performed by Dire Straits. ... Heavy Fuel is a song by the rock band Dire Straits released on their album On Every Street in 1991. ... On Every Street is the third single from the album of the same name by English rock band Dire Straits. ... The Bug is the fourth and final UK single from the album On Every Street by English rock band Dire Straits. ...

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