Dire Straits – Mark Knophler

Mark Freuder Knopfler 

OBE (born 12 August 1949) is a British songwriter, film score composer, guitarist, and record producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded with his brother, David Knopfler, in 1977.


  • Took the name Dire Straits because it represented their financial condition in the early days.
  • Mark Knopfler was a journalist and teacher before joining the band.
  • The band’s demo cost only $175 dollars to make
  • They were Princess Diana’s favorite rock group.
  • Mark Knopfler is left-handed but he plays right-handed; he says that makes him strong at vibratos.


Dire Straits – Money For Nothing


Backing Tracks

Dire Straits – Sultans ofSwing

brothers in arms backing