Mark Knopfler turns 70: Look back at 10 of the best Dire Straits songs

By releasing albums such as “Brothers in Arms” and hit singles the band sold in excess of 120 million records worldwide

Mark Knopfler turns 70: Look back at 10 of the best Dire Straits songs

Co-founder and the former frontman of the Dire Straits, one of the most well succeeded Rock bands of the 1970’s and 1980’s, Mark Knopfler was born in Glasgow, Scotland on August 12, 1949. In 1977 he co-founded Dire Straits with his brother David Knopfler, and the band quickly achieved visibility due to their sound, at the time, opposite to the Punk Rock trend in England. Their earliest hits were “Sultans of Swing” and “Romeo and Juliet”, and in 1985 they released what is regarded as their masterpiece, the classic rock album “Brothers in Arms”, one of the best selling albums of all time. Together, the band sold in excess of 120 million records worldwide. But despite the success, they disbanded in 1995. Knopfler though, has been doing quite alright with his solo career, besides collaborating with countless other famous musicians in a regular basis, including Eric Clapton, he also h s recorded and produced nine solo albums and, as with his previous band, produced many hit songs and 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). Mark Knopfler, who’s a four-time Grammy Award winner and holds three honorary doctorate degrees in music from universities in the United Kingdom, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Dire Straits in 2018. Here’s 10 of the best Dire Straits songs to mark his 70th birthday.



10 – “Twisting by the Pool”, 1983

9 – “Calling Elvis”, 1992

“Walk of Life”, 1985

7 – “Private Investigations”, 1982

6 – “Your Latest Trick”, 1985

5 – “So Far Away”, 1985



4 – “Romeo and Juliet”, 1980

3 – “Money for Nothing”, 1985

2 – “Brothers in Arms”, 1985



1 – “Sultans of Swing”, 1978



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