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Dire Straits

Dire Straits

Mark Knopfler made Dire Straits one of the most successful bands of the Eighties with virtuoso musicianship, wry humor, and a knack for writing popular music that didn’t sacrifice either — as evidenced on hits like “Sultans of Swing,” “Money for Nothing,” and “Romeo and Juliet.” As a solo artist, the British singer-guitarist-songwriter composed scores for films including The Princess Bride. After the band broke-up in 1995, he continued to release solo albums that received critical acclaim but never matched Dire Straits commercial success.

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