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Mark Knopfler-Introduction

November 4, 2009
Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler OBE (born 12 August 1949, Glasgow, Scotland) is a British guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer and film score composer.

Mark Knopfler is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the British rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded in 1977 with his brother David. After Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler continued to record and produce albums as a solo artist under his own name. Occasionally, Knopfler has played in other groups, such as the The Notting Hillbillies; as well, Mark Knopfler has guested on works by other artists, including The Dandy Warhols, Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, Eric Clapton, Jeff Healey, John Fogerty, Jools Holland, Steely Dan, Emmylou Harris, Sonny Landreth, Phil Lynott, Joan Armatrading and Chet Atkins.

Mark Knopfler has produced albums for artists such as Tina Turner, Willy DeVille, Randy Newman, Bob Dylan and even “Weird Al” Yankovic. In addition, he has scored the music to several films, including Metroland, Local Hero, Cal, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Wag the Dog, and Rob Reiner’s classic, The Princess Bride.

Mark Knopfler is one of the most respected fingerstyle guitarists of the modern rock era. Knopfler was ranked #27 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120 million albums to date.

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Mark Knopfler-Personal Life

November 4, 2009

Mark Knopfler has been married three times. While Mark Knopfler was living in Leeds Mark Knopfler married Kathy White, his long-time girlfriend from school days; however, the marriage didn’t last, and they separated before Knopfler moved to London to join Brewers Droop.

Knopfler married for the second time in November 1983, to Lourdes Salomone, and became a father to twin sons, Benji and Joseph in 1987, both of whom he has said are talented musically, and aspiring musicians. Knopfler’s marriage to Salomone ended in 1993.

Knopfler’s third marriage to actress Kitty Aldridge>has given him two daughters Isabella (born 1998) and Katya Ruby Rose (born 2003). The family currently lives in Chelsea.
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Mark Knopfler-Discography

November 4, 2009

Solo Albumbs

Golden Heart

  • Released: 26 March 1996
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Vertigo Records Warner Bros. Records (USA)
  • Producer: Mark Knopfler, Chuck Ainlay
  • Singles: “Darling Pretty”, “Cannibals”, “Rüdiger”, “Golden Heart” (promo), “Imelda” (promo), “Don’t You Get It” (promo)

Sailing to Philadelphia

  • Released: 26 September 2000
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mercury, Vertigo, Warner Bros.
  • Producer: Mark Knopfler, Chuck Ainlay
  • Singles: “What It Is”, “Sailing to Philadelphia”, “Silvertown Blues”

The Ragpicker’s Dream

  • Released: 30 September 2002
  • Format: CD & LP
  • Label: Mercury
  • Producer: Mark Knopfler, Chuck Ainlay
  • Singles: “Why Aye Man”, “Quality Shoe” (promo), “Devil Baby” (promo), “Hill Farmer Blues” (promo), “You Don’t Know You’re Born” (promo)

Shangri-La

  • Released: 28 September 2004
  • Format: CD & LP
  • Label: Mercury
  • Producer: Mark Knopfler, Chuck Ainlay
  • Singles: “Boom, Like That”, “The Trawlerman’s Song”

One Take Radio Sessions

  • Released: 21 June 2005
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Producer: Mark Knopfler, Chuck Ainlay

The Trawlerman’s Song EP

  • Released: 2005
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mercury
  • Producer: Mark Knopfler
  • Tracks: “The Trawlerman’s Song”, “Back to Tupelo”, “Song for Sonny Liston”, “Boom, Like That”, “Donegan’s Gone”, “Stand Up Guy”

The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations

  • Released: 2005
  • Format: CD & LP
  • Label: Mercury
  • Singles: “All The Roadrunning” (promo), “This Is Us” (promo), “Beachcombing” (promo)

Kill to Get Crimson

  • Released: 17 September 2007
  • Format: CD & LP
  • Label: Mercury
  • Singles: “True Love Will Never Fade”, “Punish The Monkey”

Get Lucky

  • Released: 14 September 2009
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mercury
  • Singles: “Border Reiver”, “Remembrance Day”

Sound Track Albumbs

Local Hero

  • Released: March, 1983
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Producer: Mark Knopfler

Music from ‘Cal’

  • Released: 1984

Comfort and Joy

  • Released: 1984

The Princess Bride

  • Released: 1987

Last Exit to Brooklyn

  • Released: 1989

Screenplaying

  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Phonogram

Metroland

  • Released: 1998

Wag the Dog

  • Released: 1998

A Shot at Glory

  • Released: 2001

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Biography

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Mark Knopfler was born to anMark Knopfler 5 English mother and a Hungarian Jewish father, an architect whose

communist sympathies forced him to flee the fascist regime of his native Hungary. The family first moved to Scotland, but then settled in Knopfler’s mother’s home town of Newcastle upon Tyne in the north-east of England when Mark Knopfler was around 7 years old.

There, Mark Knopfler and his younger brother David (also a musician) attended Gosforth Grammar School, where Mark Knopfler was inspired by his uncle Kingsley’s harmonica and boogie-woogie piano playing. Later, in his teens, Mark Knopfler wanted to buy an expensive flamingo-pink Fender Stratocaster just like Hank Marvin’s, but had to settle for a £50 twin-pickup Höfner Super Solid.Like many other schoolboys of the 1960s, Mark Knopfler served an early apprenticeship by forming and joining anonymous schoolboy bands and listening to singers like Elvis Presley and guitarists Chet Atkins, Scotty Moore, Jimi Hendrix, Django Reinhardt and James Burton.At age 16, Mark Knopfler made a local TV appearance as half of a harmony duo along with a friend from school named Sue Hercombe.

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