Mark Knopfler at 70....

Aug 12, 2019,12:32 PM

Mark Knopfler, the lead singer and front man with Dire Straits turned 70 today. He was born in Glasgow as his  father was a Hungarian architect who had fled his country in 1939. 

Mark discovered music as a child due to his uncle's piano playing, this sparked his passion for music and his parents gave him his first guitar. 

While he was a student, Knopfler worked first as a reporter and farm hand and later as an English teacher, until he founded Dire Straits with his younger brother David in 1977.

Photo credit: Dire Straits 

The name Dire Straits came from the bands financial situation in the early days as record companies showed no interest. Their 1978 debut album, Dire Straits, was an international success, establishing the band's trademark sound marked by the frontman's unique fingerpicking and a laconic singing style unmistakably influenced by Bob Dylan.

Motor cars have been a big part of Marks life and racing his beautiful 1955 Maserati 300S has always been great sight mainly on circuits in the UK and Europe. 

Happy Birthday Mark !

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Well said, Captain!

 By: kkochheiser : August 12th, 2019-13:20
I love the music he did for Local Hero, a favorite movie of mine.

Yep... Great Guitarist 👍 [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : August 12th, 2019-13:40

From Dire Straits to Straight Flush ...

 By: COUNT DE MONET : August 12th, 2019-13:26
... "It's a long way to the top, if you want to rock'n roll!" Happy birthday to Mr Knopfler!

Not forgetting the great track

 By: Cpt Scarlet : August 12th, 2019-13:42
“Private Investigations”

And Telegraph Road. [nt]

 By: amanico : August 12th, 2019-23:03

Yep 👍 [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : August 13th, 2019-00:11

Great record 👌 [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : August 13th, 2019-00:12

He wrote a song about racing that I heard once a few years ago . . .

 By: Dr No : August 12th, 2019-18:59
. . . but haven't been able to track down since. Any idea of the title, Captain? Saw Dire Straits perform once, in the early '90s. Would love to see them again . . .

Thank you, Casey! This masterpiece will be on the jukebox . . .

 By: Dr No : August 12th, 2019-20:24
. . . Wednesday afternoon . . . . . . at my pool tournament.

Lucky me - he's playing the Santa Barbara Bowl five weeks from now! . . .

 By: Dr No : August 12th, 2019-21:43
. . . gonna snag tickets tomorrow . . .

Yes.... This is the video...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : August 13th, 2019-00:15

Here's hoping Mark plays that number . . .

 By: Dr No : August 13th, 2019-12:25
. . . in Santa Barbara five weeks hence ;-) . . .

Just called the ticket office: sold out. There may be tickets released . . .

 By: Dr No : August 13th, 2019-14:22
. . . closer to the event date according to the box office, so there's still hope. ;-(

Same here. Long admired Mark . . .

 By: Dr No : August 13th, 2019-14:31
. . . and his respect for the old masters . . . . . . is just one reason. Father and son?

Excellent ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : August 13th, 2019-14:39
How’s the gout going ?

Funny you should ask. It's been seven weeks since The Big Change, and . . .

 By: Dr No : August 13th, 2019-14:46
. . . I've had two bouts, one that lasted only a few days during the first week, and another of short duration after having a dollop of hummus at a Lebanese restaurant . . . . . . in late July. Dry beans are high in purines, so I've got to be careful abou...  

Sorry to hear that...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : August 13th, 2019-14:53
gouts a bitch ! ... keep up the good work.

All I ever really wanted to do in life is shoot pool . . .

 By: Dr No : August 13th, 2019-15:03
. . . and drink beer. Now, I'm down to one.

Yes, but without the beer ....

 By: Cpt Scarlet : August 14th, 2019-00:39
the pool playing will probably improve 😉

"Every dark cloud . . .

 By: Dr No : August 14th, 2019-04:43
. . . has a silver lining." ;-)


 By: Cpt Scarlet : August 14th, 2019-05:58

You're the life of the party, Cap'n! . . .

 By: Dr No : August 14th, 2019-07:33
. . . and nicely done, sir ;-) . . .

LOL ;-)) [nt]

 By: Cpt Scarlet : August 14th, 2019-07:46

Surely one of a kind...long may he reign as a Sultan of Swing!

 By: kesharoo : August 12th, 2019-20:29
Love over Gold and Alchemy remain on my favourite Dire Straits albums. Too bad I missed him performing live....

..... and he seems to be a vintage watchman too....

 By: HSTE : August 13th, 2019-00:43
....not „only“ with Speedmasters that he is being seen / photographed numerous times but also Heuer and Lemania. Cheers, HSTE