Mark Knopfler

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Legal name: Mark Freuder Knopfler


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

Since Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler has recorded and produced eight solo albums and, as with his previous band, produced many hit songs. He has composed and produced film scores for nine films, including Local Hero (1983), Cal (1984), The Princess Bride (1987), Wag the Dog (1997) and Altamira (2016).

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 B.B.King, Chet Atkins, Chris Botti, John Anderson, the Chieftains, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Bryan Ferry, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Jools Holland, Sonny Landreth, Phil Lynott, Donal Lunny, 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's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120 million records 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 RatingReleases
1990 Neck and Neck Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler 4 5
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 10
2005 All the Roadrunning Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris 3 3
2007 Kill to Get Crimson Mark Knopfler 3 8
2009 Get Lucky Mark Knopfler 4 9
2012 Privateering Mark Knopfler 4 9
2015 Tracker Mark Knopfler 5 11

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Brothers in Mark Mark Knopfler 1
1993 Screenplaying Mark Knopfler 2
1996 Just Pickin' 1967 - 81 Steve Phillips feat. Brendan Croker, Mark Knopfler, Sholto Lenaghan 1
2000 Grand Collection Mark Knopfler 1
2005 The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler 11

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 One Take Radio Sessions Mark Knopfler 5 1
2006 Real Live Roadrunning Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris 3
2013 Privateering Tour 2013: Live in Cologne 2nd July Mark Knopfler 1
2015 Tracker Tour 2015 (Live in Dublin IE 15/05/2015) Mark Knopfler 1
2015 Tracker Tour 2015 (Live in London UK 22/05/2015) Mark Knopfler 1
2015 Tracker Tour 2015 (Live in Paris FR 02/06/2015) Mark Knopfler 2
2015 Tracker Tour 2015 (Live in Paris FR 03/06/2015) Mark Knopfler 1
Golden Live in Hamburg Mark Knopfler 1
Tracker Tour 2015 (Live in Birmingham UK 23/05/2015) Mark Knopfler 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Local Hero Mark Knopfler 3.5 4
1984 Cal Mark Knopfler 4
1987 The Princess Bride Mark Knopfler 4 3
1989 Last Exit to Brooklyn Mark Knopfler 2
1998 Metroland Mark Knopfler 2
1998 Wag the Dog Mark Knopfler 3
2001 A Shot at Glory Mark Knopfler 1
2016 Altamira Mark Knopfler & Evelyn Glennie 5 2


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

Unspecified type

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


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2015 Tracker Tour 2015 (Live in Royal Albert Hall, London UK 25/05/2015) Mark Knopfler 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Comfort and Joy Mark Knopfler 1

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