Mark Knopfler

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Date of Birth August 12, 1949
Place of Birth Glasgow, Scotland
Age 71 years old
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Mark Knopfler

Mark Freuder Knopfler is a British singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He was the lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for the rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded with his younger brother, David Knopfler, in 1977. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland and raised near Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Dire Straits recorded six albums, including Brothers in Arms, one of the bestselling albums in history. After they disbanded in 1995, Knopfler began a solo career, and has produced nine solo albums. He has composed and produced film scores for nine films, including Local Hero, Cal, The Princess Bride, Wag the Dog and Altamira. He has worked with musicians including B.B. King, Chet Atkins, Chris Botti, John Anderson, the Chieftains, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Joan Armatrading, Bryan Ferry, George Jones, Phil Lynott, Donal Lunny, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Sting, Emmylou Harris and James Taylor, sometimes working as a session musician.

Birth name: Mark Freuder Knopfler
Born: August 12, 1949, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Origin: Newcastle upon Tyne, England, UK
Genres: Rock, roots rock, Celtic rock, blues rock, country rock
Occupation(s): Film score composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, singer-songwriter
Instruments: Vocals, guitar
Years active: 1965–present
Labels: Vertigo, Mercury, Warner Bros, Reprise, Verve, Virgin EMI, Blue Note
Associated acts: Dire Straits, The Notting Hillbillies, Chet Atkins, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris, Sonny Landreth, Sting, Brewers Droop, James Taylor
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About Mark Knopfler

Singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist in the rock band Dire Straits who also pursued a solo career with success.

Before Fame

He started in the band Brewers Doop in 1973. He went on to form Dire Straits in 1977 with his younger brother David Knopfler.

Achievement

After being in the band Dire Straits, he started his solo career with the debut album Golden Heart. He was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time.

Family Life

He married his third wife, British actress and writer Kitty Aldridge. He has two sons named Joseph and Benji and two daughters named Isabella and Katya.

Associations

He has performed with renowned artists such as Bob Dylan, BB King and Eric Clapton.

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Latest information about Mark Knopfler updated on October 28, 2020.

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