Mark Knopfler

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Mark Freuder Knopfler, OBE (born 12 August 1949) is a British songwriter, film score composer, guitarist, and record producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded with his brother, David Knopfler, in 1977.

Since Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler has recorded and produced seven solo albums, and, as with his previous band, produced many hit songs. He has composed and produced film scores for eight films, including Local Hero (1983), Cal (1984), The Princess Bride (1987), and Wag the Dog (1997).

In addition to his work with Dire Straits and as a solo artist and composer, Knopfler has recorded and performed with many prominent musicians, including Chet Atkins, Chris Botti, The Chieftains, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, Emmylou Harris, Jools Holland, Sonny Landreth, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Sting, and James Taylor, sometimes working as a session musician. He has produced albums for Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, and Randy Newman.

Knopfler is a fingerstyle guitarist and was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120 million albums to date. A four-time Grammy Award winner, Knopfler is the recipient of 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.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 Neck and Neck Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler 4 4
1996 Golden Heart Mark Knopfler 4 4
2000 Sailing to Philadelphia Mark Knopfler 4 8
2002 The Ragpicker's Dream Mark Knopfler 3 6
2004 Shangri-La Mark Knopfler 4 9
2006 All the Roadrunning Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris 3 2
2007 Kill to Get Crimson Mark Knopfler 3 6
2009 Get Lucky Mark Knopfler 4 7
2012 Privateering Mark Knopfler 4 9

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1992 Brothers in Mark Compilation Mark Knopfler 1
1993 Screenplaying Compilation Mark Knopfler 2
2005 The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations Compilation Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler 8
Grand Collection Compilation Mark Knopfler 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2005 One Take Radio Sessions Live Mark Knopfler 1
2005 Shangri la Tour: Live in Rome 2005 Live Mark Knopfler 1
2006 Real Live Roadrunning Live Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris 1
2013 Privateering Tour 2013: Live in Cologne 2nd July Live Mark Knopfler 1
Golden Live in Hamburg Live Mark Knopfler 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1983 Local Hero Soundtrack Mark Knopfler 3 3
1984 Cal Soundtrack Mark Knopfler 3
1987 The Princess Bride Soundtrack Mark Knopfler 4 3
1989 Last Exit to Brooklyn Soundtrack Mark Knopfler 2
1998 Metroland Soundtrack Mark Knopfler 2
1998 Wag the Dog Soundtrack Mark Knopfler 3
2001 A Shot at Glory Soundtrack Mark Knopfler 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1987 Storybook Love (Theme From The Princess Bride) Mark Knopfler 1
1990 Poor Boy Blues Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler 2
1993 Going Home: Theme from Local Hero Mark Knopfler 4 1
1996 Darling Pretty Mark Knopfler 2
1996 Cannibals Mark Knopfler 2
2000 What It Is Mark Knopfler 4 2
2000 Sailing to Philadelphia Mark Knopfler 4 2
2000 Silvertown Blues Mark Knopfler 1
2002 Why Aye Man Mark Knopfler 4 2
2004 Boom, Like That Mark Knopfler 4 3
2007 Punish the Monkey Mark Knopfler 1
Darling Pretty Mark Knopfler 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2005 The Trawlerman's Song Mark Knopfler 1
Rüdiger Mark Knopfler 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1996 A Night in London Mark Knopfler 2
Fingerpicking Good Mark Knopfler 1
Screenplaying Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1984 Comfort and Joy Soundtrack Mark Knopfler 1

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