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Dire Straits

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Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra

Active since: 1977 | Died: 1995    

Dire Straits are a British rock band, formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (guitar and vocals), David Knopfler (guitar), John Illsley (bass) and Pick Withers (drums), and managed by Ed Bicknell. In an era when punk rock reigned, they played subdued, almost old-school rock and roll. Mark Knopfler (the band's frontman) was heard to have asked pub managers to turn down the sound, so people could talk over the music, while they were still in their early days. Despite this complete antithesis to popular culture at the time, Dire Straits still became hugely successful.

Dire Straits recorded and released their first, self-titled album in 1978 to little fanfare but five months later a single release, 'Sultans of Swing' became an unlikely chart hit and album sales took off. The second album followed soon afterwards; these first two albums featured a stripped-down band sound. The third album, Making Movies featured keyboardist Roy Bittan (from Bruce Springsteen's band) and marked a move towards more complex arrangements and production which would continue throughout the band's career. The band's 1985 release Brothers in Arms was an international hit and spawned several singles including the number one hit 'Money for Nothing'....
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Awards

BRIT Awards 1983 ��" Best British Group

Grammy Awards 1986 ��" Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group (for 'Money For Nothing'')

Grammy Awards 1986 Brothers in Arms Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical

Juno Award 1986 ��" International Album of the Year BRIT Awards 1986 ��" Best British Group

MTV Video Music Awards 1986 ��" Video of the Year (for Money for Nothing')

MTV Video Music Awards 1986 ��" Best Group Video (for Money for Nothing')

Grammy Awards 1987 ��" Best Music Video, Short Form “Dire Straits Brothers in Arms”

BRIT Awards 1987 ��" Best British Album (for "Brothers In Arms")

Grammy Awards 2006 ��" Best Surround Sound Album for his surround sound production (for Brothers in Arms��"20th Anniversary Edition, Chuck Ainlay, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering engineer; Chuck Ainlay and Mark Knopfler, surround producers)

PRS for Music Heritage Award 2009.

Award nominations

Grammy Awards 1980 ��" Best New Artist

Grammy Awards 1980 ��" Best Rock Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group (for Sultans Of Swing)

American Music Award 1986 ��" Favorite Pop/Rock Single (for "Money for Nothing")

Grammy Awards 1986 ��" Album of the Year (for "Brothers in Arms")

Grammy Awards 1986 ��" Record of the Year (for "Money for Nothing")

MTV Video Music Awards 1986 ��" Best Stage Performance Video (for "Money for Nothing")

MTV Video Music Awards 1986 ��" Best Concept Video (for "Money for Nothing")

MTV Video Music Awards 1986 ��" Best Direction (for "Money for Nothing")

MTV Video Music Awards 1986 ��" Best Special Effects (for "Money for Nothing")

MTV Video Music Awards 1986 ��" Viewer's Choice (for "Money for Nothing")

MTV Video Music Awards 1986 ��" Best Art Direction (for "Money for Nothing")

MTV Video Music Awards 1986 ��" Best Editing (for "Money for Nothing")

MTV Video Music Awards 1986 ��" Most Experimental Video (for "Money for Nothing")

MTV Video Music Awards 1986 ��" Best Overall Performance (for "Money for Nothing")

Grammy Awards 1992 ��" Best Music Video, Short Form (for "Calling Elvis")

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