Mark Knopfler

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  • Birth Name: Mark Freuder Knopfler
  • Birth Place: Glasgow, Scotland
  • Profession: Rock singer, Guitarist, Composer
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Fast Facts

  • Wrote for the Yorkshire Evening Post newspaper in the late 1960s and early '70s.
  • Co-founded Dire Straits, along with his guitarist brother, David, in 1977; the band released its self-titled debut the following year.
  • First solo album, Local Hero, doubled as a soundtrack for the 1983 film of the same name.
  • Commercial peak came with Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms (1985), which sold several million copies on the strength of hits "Money for Nothing" and "So Far Away."
  • Officially disbanded Dire Straits in 1995, following the poor reception of the group's On Every Street (1991) and subsequent tour.
  • Named an Officer of the British Empire in 2000.
  • A group of paleontologists, inspired by the music of Dire Straits, named a newly discovered dinosaur species Masiakasaurus knopfleri in 2001.
  • Ranked No. 27 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time in 2003.

Awards

  • 1990, Grammy — Best Country Instrumental Performance: Winner
  • 1985, Grammy — Best Country Instrumental Performance: Winner
  • 1990, Grammy — Best Country Collaboration With Vocals: Winner
  • 2005, Grammy — Best Surround Sound Album: Winner
  • 1985, Grammy — Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
  • 1986, Grammy — Best Music Video - Short Form: Winner
  • 1984, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Score for a Film: Nominee

Relationships

  • Joseph Knopfler — Son
  • Isabella — Daughter
  • Lourdes — Ex-wife
  • Kitty Aldridge — Wife
  • Benjamin Knopfler — Son
  • Katya Ruby Rose — Daughter
  • David Knopfler — Brother

College

  • Attended Harlow Technical College, Harlow, Essex, England; University of Leeds, Leeds, England (BA in English)

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  • Birth Name: Mark Freuder Knopfler
  • Birth Place: Glasgow, Scotland
  • Profession: Rock singer, Guitarist, Composer