Mark Freuder Knopfler OBE is a British singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He became known as the lead guitarist, singer and songwriter of the rock band Dire Straits. As of 2009, he and Dire Strait had sold more than 120 million records. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Dire straits in 2018.
About Mark Knopfler in brief
Mark Freuder Knopfler OBE is a British singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. He became known as the lead guitarist, singer and songwriter of the rock band Dire Straits. 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. He is a fingerstyle guitarist and was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone’s list of the \”100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time\”. As of 2009, he and Dire Strait had sold more than 120 million records. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Dire straits in 2018. He also composed and produced film scores for nine films, including Local Hero, Cal, The Princess Bride, Wag the Dog and Altamira. In 2015 he wrote a track in tribute to the ageing poet Basil Bunting, who was a copy editor for the Yorkshire Evening Post. In 1968 he made a local television appearance as part of a harmony duo, with his classmate Sue Hercombe. He later formed a duo called \”The Duolian Pickers\”, which performed in local folk and blues venues. He graduated with a degree in English from the University of Leeds. He then worked for three years as a college lecturer. In 1987 he co-founded Dire Straites with his younger brother, David Knop fler.
The band recorded six albums, including Brothers in Arms, one of the bestselling albums in history. Dire StraITS reunited in early 1991, but dissolved again in 1995. He now has a solo career and has produced nine solo albums. He received the Edison Award, the Steiger Award and the Ivor Novello Award, as well as holding three honorary doctorate degrees in music from universities in the United Kingdom. He and his brother David were awarded the OBE for their services to music in 2012. He lives in Leeds with his wife and two children. He currently lives in London with his daughter and two sons. His son, David, is a professional golfer, and his daughter, Victoria, is an accomplished singer-guitarist and has appeared on numerous reality TV shows, including The Voice and The Voice Kids. Mark’s brother David was also born in the Glasgow area, and Mark’s older sister Ruth was born in Newcastle, where Mark’s parents were married, in 1947. The family moved to Mark’s mother’s hometown of Blyth, near Newcastle, in North East England, when he was seven years old. The Knopflers originally lived in Glasgow, and both brothers attended Gosforth Grammar School in Newcastle. Mark was inspired by his uncle Kingsley’s harmonica and boogie-woogie piano playing, which he later became familiar with.