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Mark Knopfler
Mark Knopfler, July 2006
Background information
Born (1949-08-12) 12 August 1949 (ageĀ 72)
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1975-present
Associated acts Dire Straits

Mark Knopfler (born 12 August 1949 in Glasgow) is a British guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer and film score composer.

Knopfler is best known as the founder of the British rock band Dire Straits which formed 1977. After Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler continued to record and produce albums as a solo artist and has played in other groups including The Notting Hillbillies. Knopfler has worked with many other music artists such as: Bob Dylan,Eric Clapton and Chet Atkins.

Knopfler is a respected finger-style guitarist and was ranked #27 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."

Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120 million albums.

Knopfler was born to an English mother and Jewish Hungarian father. Knopfler moved to Blyth, Northumberland at age seven. He has a brother, David Knopfler (born 1952) who has also been a member of Dire Straits.

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