Dire Straits (Band)

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Dire Straits
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Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), his younger brother David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion). Dire Straits' sound drew from a variety of musical influences, including jazz, folk, and blues, and came closest to beat music within the context of rock and roll. Despite the prominence of punk rock during the band's early years, their stripped-down sound contrasted with punk, demonstrating a more "rootsy" influence that emerged from pub rock. Many of Dire Straits' compositions were melancholic. Dire Straits' biggest selling album Brothers in Arms has sold over 30 million copies, and was the first album to sell a million copies on CD. Wikipedia


From this profile you will find 35 photos, 57 lists, 159 albums, 269 songs, 2 awards, 92 film credits, 4 news stories, and key facts about Dire Straits!

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Dire Straits is a member of the following lists: Grammy Award winners, Warner Bros. Records artists, Brit Award winners, Music from Newcastle upon Tyne, 1970s music groups, 1980s music groups, 1990s music groups, Musical groups established in 1977, English rock music groups and English progressive rock groups.

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92 Credits »
2016 Everybody Wants Some!! -
2016 The Rack Pack -
2016 Atmos the Addict -
2015 Dolezal Backstage -
2015 A Study in Fear -
2014 Kingsman: The Secret Service -
2014 Ochéntame... otra vez -
2014 Masters Snooker -
2014 Snooker: Welsh Open -
2013 My Mad Fat Diary -
2013 The Goldbergs -


269 Songs »
1 Sultans Of Swing 2014
2 Money For Nothing 1985
3 Walk Of Life 1985
4 Brothers In Arms 1985
5 Romeo And Juliet 1980
6 So Far Away 1985
7 Tunnel Of Love 1980
8 Private Investigations 1982
9 Your Latest Trick 1985
10 Lady Writer 1996
* Approximate (assumes song was released same year as the album it was first released on)


2 Awards »
Nominated for 2 Awards | Won 1

In The News

4 Stories »


57 Lists »
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