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Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler - 100% match to Dire Straits

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12 August 1949, Glasgow, Scotland. This homely ex-teacher was UK band Dire Straits main asset through his skill as a composer, a tuneful if detached vocal style - and a terse, resonant fretboard dexterity admired by Eric Clapton and Chet Atkins, both of whom sought his services for studio and concert projects in the 80s. Courted also by movie directors to score incidental mu Read more

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton - 54% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Blues Blues Music & Radio Action & Adventure Documentaries Drama Comedy Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Soundtracks Television Special Interest Spoken Word Musicals & The Arts R&B / Soul R&B / Soul Country & Bluegrass Classical
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Eric Patrick Clapp, 30 March 1945, Ripley, Surrey, England. The world’s premier living rock guitarist will be forever grateful to his grandparents, for they gave him his first guitar. The young Eric was raised by his grandparents Rose and Jack Clapp when his natural mother could not face bringing up an illegitimate child at the age of 16. He received a £14 acousti Read more

Chris Rea - 46% match to Dire Straits

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Christopher Anton Rea, 4 March 1951, Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England. Rea is a singer-songwriter and guitarist with a wide following throughout Europe. Of Irish/Italian parentage, he grew up in the north-east of England where his family owned an ice cream parlour. Rea’s first band was Magdalene, a local band in which he replaced David Coverdale, who ha Read more

Supertramp - 38% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Pop / Rock Soundtracks Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
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Many aspiring musicians would have envied the opportunity which was given to Supertramp founder Rick Davies (Richard Davies, 22 July 1944, Swindon, Wiltshire, England; vocals, keyboards, harmonica) in 1969. While playing with the Joint in Munich, Germany, Davies met Dutch millionaire Stanley August Miesegaes, who offered to finance a new band. Davies was given carte blanche Read more

David Gilmour - 33% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Pop / Rock Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Electronic & Ambient
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6 March 1946, Cambridge, England. The solo career of Pink Floyd’s lead guitarist started in 1978 with a self-titled debut album. The material was recorded during a perilously long Pink Floyd hiatus and amid rumours of a break-up. The album was well-received and made a respectable showing in the UK and US charts. A second collection, the lesser About Face, arrived in 198 Read more

Pink Floyd - 33% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Pop / Rock Music Theme Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Music & Radio Documentaries Drama Educational
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One of the most predominant and celebrated rock bands of all time, the origins of Pink Floyd can be traced to Cambridge High School in England. Syd Barrett (Roger Keith Barrett, 6 January 1946, Cambridge, England, d. 7 July 2006, Cambridge, England; guitar/vocals), Roger Waters (b. George Roger Waters, 9 September 1943, Great Bookham, Surrey, England; bass/vocals) and David Read more

Eagles - 32% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Pop / Rock Country & Bluegrass Music Theme Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
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Formed in Los Angeles, California, USA, in 1971, this highly successful country/rock unit was formed by musicians drawn from singer Linda Ronstadt’s backing group. Of the original quartet, Bernie Leadon (Bernard Leadon, 19 July 1947, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; guitar/vocals) boasted the most prodigious pedigree, having embraced traditional country music with the Scott Read more

Electric Light Orchestra - 32% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Pop / Rock Music Theme Soundtracks Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Musicals & The Arts Heavy Metal Television
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The original Electric Light Orchestra (commonly shortened to ELO) line-up comprised Roy Wood (Roy Adrian Wood, 8 November 1946, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England; vocals, cello, woodwind, guitars), Jeff Lynne (b. 30 December 1947, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England; vocals, piano, guitar) and Bev Bevan (b. Beverley Bevan, 23 November 1945, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England; d Read more

Fleetwood Mac - 32% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Pop / Rock Blues Pop / Rock Soundtracks Music Videos & Concerts Television Documentaries Easy Listening Music & Radio
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The original Fleetwood Mac was formed in July 1967 by Peter Green (Peter Allen Greenbaum, 29 October 1946, Bethnal Green, London, England; guitar) and Mick Fleetwood (b. 24 June 1947, Redruth, Cornwall, England; drums), both of whom had recently left John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. They secured a recording contract with Blue Horizon Records on the strength of Green’s Read more

Alan Parsons - 31% match to Dire Straits

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Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker - 31% match to Dire Straits

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John Robert Cocker, 20 May 1944, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. The capricious but brilliant Cocker is felt by many to be the finest white soul singer Britain has yet produced. His rollercoaster career started in 1961 with a little-known local band the Cavaliers, who changed their name to the clumsier Vance Arnold And The Avengers and became known as a warm-up for big names Read more

Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana - 30% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Jazz Pop / Rock Reggae Television Music & Radio Blues Drama Funk Musicals & The Arts
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Jethro Tull - 30% match to Dire Straits

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Jethro Tull was formed in Luton, England, in 1967 when Ian Anderson (10 August 1947, Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland; vocals, flute, piano) and Glenn Cornick (b. 23 April 1947, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England; bass), members of a visiting Blackpool blues group, John Evan’s Smash, became acquainted with Mick Abrahams (b. 7 April 1943, Luton, Bedfordshire, England; guitar Read more

Santana - 30% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Pop / Rock Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Latin R&B / Soul Soundtracks Television Blues Documentaries Easy Listening Funk
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This important US band pioneered Afro-Latin rock and, as such, remains head and shoulders above all pretenders to their throne. Formed in 1966, they rapidly transcended the late 60s San Francisco new wave scene from which they emerged, and, over the past 25 years, guitarist Carlos Santana (20 July 1947, Autlan de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico) has introduced jazz and funk into th Read more

The Police - 30% match to Dire Straits

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The reggae-influenced minimalist pop sound of this highly talented UK trio was one of the musical high points of the late 70s and early 80s. Their individual talent and egos ultimately overcame them and they fragmented, although each of the strong-willed former members never ruled out the possibility of a rematch. Read more

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