Mark Knopfler
Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler

About Mark Knopfler

British singer-songwriter Mark Knopfler is a virtuosic guitar player known for his work with the rock band Dire Straits and his folk-leaning solo collaborations with Emmylou Harris.

∙ With Dire Straits, Knopfler had three US Top 10 Pop hits, including the bluesy 1978 single “Sultans of Swing,” and a No. 1 album with 1985’s Brothers In Arms.
∙ He’s won four Grammy Awards across the Rock and Country categories, including Best Rock Performance for Dire Straits’ 1985 No. 1 hit and MTV staple, “Money for Nothing.”
∙ Knopfler composed the Grammy-nominated soundtrack for 1987’s The Princess Bride, which included his Oscar-nominated arrangement of Willy DeVille’s “Storybook Love.”
∙ As a session player, he’s contributed guitar to Steely Dan’s 1980 LP, Gaucho, as well as several albums by Chet Atkins, Tina Turner, and Bob Dylan.
Rolling Stone ranked him among the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
∙ Awarded with an Order of the British Empire in 2000, he also has three Honorary Doctorate of Music degrees from British universities.
∙ In 2018, he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 as a member of Dire Straits.

  • HOMETOWN
    Glasgow, Scotland
  • BORN
    August 12, 1949

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