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Mark Knopfler

Born: 12-Aug-1949
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Musician

Nationality: Scotland
Executive summary: Dire Straits

Mark Knopfler began his professional involvement with music as a journalist in the late 60s. During this time he joined up with blues player Steve Phillips and the two began performing as a duo around Leeds, allowing Knopfler an opportunity to develop his fingerpicking technique. Upon graduating from university in 1977, he moved to London where, after a brief period working in the band Brewer's Droop, he assembled the musicians that would go on to form Dire Straits.

Dire Straits achieved immediate popularity with its first single Sultans of Swing. A steady output of records followed, with the band reaching the peak of its success in 1985 with the release of Money for Nothing. Inevitably, public interest began to wane in the 90s, and in 1995 Knopfler left Dire Straits behind. A career as a producer and songwriter had already been well-established during his tenure in the band, in addition to several notable soundtrack projects, including the score for Rob Reiner's The Princess Bride. Soundtrack work has since become the primary focus of his musical output.

Father: Erwin Knopfler
Mother: Louisa Mary
Brother: David Knopfler (musician, b. 27-Dec-1952)
Wife: Kathy White (div.)
Wife: Lourdes Salomone (m. 1983, div. 1993, two children)
Wife: Kitty Aldridge (m. 14-Feb-1997, two children)

    University: University of Leeds (1973)

    Dire Straits Guitarist/Vocalist (1977-95)
    Officer of the British Empire 2000
    Jewish Ancestry Paternal

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