Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler

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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.

Glasgow, Scotland
August 12, 1949
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