Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in London in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion). They were active from 1977 to 1988 and again from 1991 to 1995. The band became one of the world's best-selling music artists, with album sales of over 100 million.[1]

Their first hit single "Sultans of Swing", from their self-titled debut album released in 1978, reached the top ten in the US chart and became a top ten hit in the UK the following year. The band released several hit singles in the 1980s, such as "Romeo and Juliet" (1981), "Private Investigations" (1982), "Twisting by the Pool" (1983), "Money for Nothing" (1985), and "Walk of Life" (1986).[2] Their most commercially successful album was Brothers in Arms (1985), which has sold more than 30 million copies and was the first album to sell a million copies on the compact disc (CD) format.[3][4] Dire Straits' sound was drawn from a wide variety of musical influences including jazz, folk, and country, as well as the blues-rock of J. J. Cale and Eric Clapton.[5] Their stripped-down sound contrasted with punk rock and demonstrated a roots rock influence that emerged from pub rock
Álbumes en directo
1979: On the Road to Philadelphia (no oficial).
1984: Alchemy: Dire Straits Live.
1993: On the Night.
1995: Live at the BBC.
Álbumes recopilatorios
1988: Money for Nothing.
1998: Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits.
2005: Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler.

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