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Dire Straits

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YEAR

2018

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Dire Straits

CATEGORY

Performers

Mixed with blues and a dash of country-the Dire Straits were one of the few rock bands to break out in an era dominated by punk and disco.

Introspective lyrics with out-of-this-world guitar and drum sounds made them one of the most original rock bands of the 80s.

Alan Clark

Alan Clark

David Knopfler

David Knopfler

John Illsley

John Illsley

Guy Fletcher

Guy Fletcher

Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler

Pick Withers

Pick Withers

HALL OF FAME
ESSAY

By Lenny Kaye

These mist covered mountains/Are a home now for me/ But my home is the lowlands/ And always will be”: The opening lines of Dire Straits’ “Brothers in Arms” aptly describe the career arc of a band who never lost touch with the inspiration and wellspring of creativity with which it began, even as it ascended the heights of worldwide prominence under the leadership of virtuoso guitarist and songwriter Mark Knopfler.

Their common touch was evident in their first hit single from 1978, “Sultans of Swing,” which affectionately describes a group of musicians who play for the love of the sound they ensemble rather than fame or fortune.

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