Mark Knopfler- you are not getting older you are just getting better.........like fine wine!

Mark Knopfler- you are not getting older you are just getting better.........like fine wine!

Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits, asked Vince Gill to join, but he turned them down & went to Nashville.

Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits, asked Vince Gill to join, but he turned them down & went to Nashville.

Mark Knopfler's first big guitar-hero moment – the fleet, gloriously melodic solo on Dire Straits' 1978 hit "Sultans of Swing" – came at a time when punk seemed to be rendering the idea of a guitar hero obsolete. And yet Knopfler built a reputation as an intensely creative virtuoso (not to mention an ace songwriter), showing remarkable command over a range of tones and textures – from the gnarly distortion on hit single "Money for Nothing" to the stinging precision of "Tunnel of Love."

Mark Knopfler's first big guitar-hero moment – the fleet, gloriously melodic solo on Dire Straits' 1978 hit "Sultans of Swing" – came at a time when punk seemed to be rendering the idea of a guitar hero obsolete. And yet Knopfler built a reputation as an intensely creative virtuoso (not to mention an ace songwriter), showing remarkable command over a range of tones and textures – from the gnarly distortion on hit single "Money for Nothing" to the stinging precision of "Tunnel of Love."

Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits Nobody touches the expressive playing of Mark Knopfler on his Fender Strat!

Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits Nobody touches the expressive playing of Mark Knopfler on his Fender Strat!

Mark Knopfler playing Gibson Les Paul  ** Love his voice and his talent for playing the guitar! **

Mark Knopfler playing Gibson Les Paul ** Love his voice and his talent for playing the guitar! **

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