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6/16/07

Mark Knopfler


Mark Freuder Knopfler OBE (born August 12, 1949, Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish guitarist, singer, songwriter, and film score composer.

Knopfler was originally best-known as the lead guitarist and vocalist for the band Dire Straits, which he founded in 1977. Since the final Dire Straits album in 1991, Knopfler has continued to record and produce albums as a solo artist, under his own name. Knopfler has occasionally played in other groups, such as the "supergroup" The Notting Hillbillies. Additionally, he has performed as a guest on works by other artists, including Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, Eric Clapton, Jools Holland, Steely Dan and the late Chet Atkins. He has produced albums for artists such as Tina Turner, Randy Newman, Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris. In addition, he has scored the music to several films, including Local Hero, The Princess Bride, Cal, Last Exit to Brooklyn and Wag the Dog.

He is widely regarded as one of the best fingerstyle guitarists of the modern era. Knopfler was ranked #27 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

Solo albums

Golden Heart

* Released: March 26, 1996
* Format: CD
* Label: Warner Bros. Records
* Producer(s): Mark Knopfler, Chuck Ainlay
* Singles: "Darling Pretty", "Cannibals"

Sailing to Philadelphia

* Released: September 26, 2000
* Format: CD
* Label: Warner Bros. Records
* Producer(s): Mark Knopfler, Chuck Ainlay
* Singles: "What It Is", "Sailing to Philadelphia", "The Last Laugh"

The Ragpicker's Dream

* Released: September 30, 2002
* Format: CD
* Label: Warner Bros. Records
* Producer(s): Mark Knopfler, Chuck Ainlay
* Singles: "Why Aye Man"

Shangri-La

* Released: September 28, 2004
* Format: CD
* Label: Warner Bros. Records
* Producer(s): Mark Knopfler, Chuck Ainlay
* Singles: "Boom, Like That"

One Take Radio Sessions

* Released: June 21, 2005
* Format: CD
* Label: Warner Bros. Records
* Producer(s): Mark Knopfler, Chuck Ainlay

The Trawlerman's Song EP

* Released: 2005
* Format: CD
* Label: Warner Bros. Records
* Producer(s): Mark Knopfler
* Track(s): "The Trawlerman's Song", "Back to Tupelo", "Song for Sonny Liston", "Boom, Like That", "Donegan's Gone", "Stand Up Guy"

The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations

* Released: 2005
* Format: CD
* Label: Mercury

* TBA (September 2007)

Soundtrack albums

Local Hero

* Released: March, 1983
* Label: Warner Bros. Records
* Producer(s): Mark Knopfler

Cal

* Released: 1984

Comfort and Joy

* Released: 1984

The Princess Bride

* Released: 1987

Last Exit to Brooklyn

* Released: 1989

Screenplaying

* Released: 1993
* Label: Phonogram

Metroland

* Released: 1998

Wag the Dog

* Released: 1998

A Shot at Glory

* Released: 2001
Other albums

* Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time (The Notting Hillbillies) (1990)
* Neck and Neck (with Chet Atkins) (1990)
* The Booze Brothers (with Brewer's Droop) (1973/1989)
* All the Roadrunning (with Emmylou Harris, April 2006)
* Real Live Roadrunning (with Emmylou Harris, November 2006)

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