Happy Birthday to former-Dire Straits guitarist and leader Mark Knopfler, who celebrates his 73rd birthday today (August 12th)!!! Knopfler formed Dire Straits in 1977 with his brother David Knopfler, bassist John Illsey, and drummer Pick Withers. They recorded their self-titled debut album after appearing as the opening act for Talking Heads' during their 1978 European tour. Dire Straits was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 with both Mark and David Knopfler skipping the event.
Coming on October 7th is Mark Knopfler – The Studio Albums 2009-2018, the anticipated follow up to last year’s release of The Studio Albums 1996-2007. The box features such solo favorites as Get Lucky (2009); Privateering (2012); Tracker (2015); Down The Road Wherever (2018); and Back In The Day: The Bonus Tracks 2009-2018 (2022)
Released in 2020 was the six-CD collection, Dire Straits – Studio Albums 1978-1991. The set, which was previously issued as a vinyl-only set back in 2013, features all six of the band's albums: Dire Straits (1978); Communique (1979); Making Movies (1980); Love Over Gold (1982); Brothers In Arms (1985); and On Every Street (1991).