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Dire Straits

Dire Straits were a British rock band, formed in 1977 by former journalist and teacher Mark Knopfler, initially composed of Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), his younger brother David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion).

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Steve Phillips (musician) - Biography
... Phillips inspired Mark Knopfler to write the song "In the Gallery," from the debut Dire Straits album), and his mother was a painter ... to become part of Brewer's Droop and, afterwards, founded Dire Straits, with whom he finally reached mainstream recognition ... Knopfler, already famous as the leader of Dire Straits, offered to produce Phillips's next album for him ...
Miracle (Willy De Ville Album)
... Miracle was recorded in London and produced by Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler, who also co-wrote the song “Spanish Jack” with DeVille ... Dire Straits keyboardist Guy Fletcher, like Knopfler, played on all songs ... It wasn't easy because we didn't want it to sound like a Dire Straits album, and his guitar playing is so unique that it was hard to do ...
So Far Away (Dire Straits Song)
... "So Far Away" is a 1985 rock song by Dire Straits ... appeared on the 2005 compilation The Best of Dire Straits Mark Knopfler Private Investigations ...
List Of Dire Straits Band Members - Members
... rhythm guitar (1985–1988) Hal Lindes - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1980–1985) Dire Straits Mark Knopfler John Illsley Alan Clark Guy Fletcher David Knopfler Pick Withers Hal Lindes Terry Williams ...

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