British rockers Dire Straits were led by singer-songwriter/guitarist Mark Knopfler, one of the most distinctive guitar stylists of his generation. They came out of the mid-70s British pub-rock scene, where Knopfler had played with the band Brewer's Droop. Coming together in 1977, they found fame from the start. Sultans Of Swing, from their self-titled 1978 debut album, became a rock radio staple, introducing Knopfler's talents as both fleet-fingered guitarist and Dylanesque songsmith to the world at large. Their name and their sound both got bigger as they went along, and Dire Straits reached its peak with 1985's Brothers In Arms album. They released their final album in 1991, but continued to tour until 1995. Knopfler has subsequently enjoyed a successful low-key solo career and seems content to leave Dire Straits in the past, despite lucrative offers to reform.
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