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Mark Knopfler

British musician

Mark Knopfler

British musician
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birthday
12th
August, 1949
Birth Place
Glasgow, Scotland
Birth Sign
leo
Biography

Mark Freuder Knopfler OBE ( NOP-fl r; born 12 August 1949) is a British singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He became known as the lead guitarist, singer and songwriter of the rock band Dire Straits. He pursued a solo career after leaving the band in 1987. Dire Straits reunited in early 1991, but dissolved again in 1995. He is now an independent solo artist.
Knopfler was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and raised in Blyth, near Newcastle in England, from the age of seven. After graduating from the University of Leeds and working for three years as a college lecturer, Knopfler co-founded Dire Straits with his younger brother, David Knopfler. The band 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 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.

instruments played
Guitar
Vocals
Associated Acts

Dire Straits, The Notting Hillbillies, Chet Atkins, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris, Sonny Landreth, Sting, Brewers Droop, James Taylor

Birth Name

Mark Freuder Knopfler

Genres

Rock roots rock Celtic rock blues rock country rock

Labels

Vertigo, Mercury, Warner Bros., Reprise, Verve, Virgin EMI, Blue Note

Occupations

Film score composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, singer-songwriter

Origin

Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Years Active

1965 present

Name

Mark Knopfler

Nationality

United Kingdom

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