Dire Straits Similar Artists

Mark Knopfler - 100% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Instrumental Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Soundtracks World Music
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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 - 26% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Blues Music & Radio Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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 - 23% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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

David Gilmour - 19% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 2000s
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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 - 18% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Documentaries Educational Music & Radio Music Theme Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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

Supertramp - 18% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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

Creedence Clearwater Revival - 17% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Although generally bracketed with the post-psychedelic wave of San Franciscan groups, Creedence Clearwater Revival boasted one of the region’s longest pedigrees. John Fogerty (28 May 1945, Berkeley, California, USA; lead guitar/vocals), Tom Fogerty (b. 9 November 1941, Berkeley, California, USA, d. 6 September 1990, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA; rhythm guitar/vocals), Stu C Read more

The Notting Hillbillies - 17% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1990s
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On 31 May 1986, Mark Knopfler (12 August 1949, Glasgow, Scotland) played a low-key gig at the Grove pub in Holbeck, Leeds, with old friends Steve Phillips (b. Nicholas Stephen Phillips, 18 February 1948, London, England) and Brendan Croker (b. 15 August 1953, Bradford, Yorkshire, England). They were billed as the Notting Hillbillies and each received the princely sum of &pou Read more

Deep Purple - 15% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Documentaries Heavy Metal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Deep Purple evolved in 1968 following sessions to form a band around former Searchers drummer Chris Curtis (Christopher Crummey, 26 August 1941, Oldham, Lancashire, England). Jon Lord (b. 9 June 1941, Leicester, Leicestershire, England; keyboards) and Nick Simper (b. 3 November 1945, Norwood Green, Southall, Middlesex, England; bass), veterans, respectively, of the Artwoods Read more

Roger Waters - 15% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Classical Pop / Rock Soundtracks World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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George Roger Waters, 9 September 1943, Great Bookham, Surrey, England. Waters career as co-founder of Pink Floyd enabled him to be part of one of the most successful rock bands of all time. His astonishing peaks during a career of 17 years were Dark Side Of The Moon (1973) and The Wall (1979). Waters’ lyrics have attempted to exorcise the personal anguish caused by the Read more

Fleetwood Mac - 13% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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

Led Zeppelin - 13% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Blues Documentaries Folk Music & Radio Pop / Rock Spoken Word World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This pivotal heavy rock quartet was formed in September 1968 by British guitarist Jimmy Page (James Patrick Page, 9 January 1944, Heston, Middlesex, England) following the demise of his former band, the Yardbirds. John Paul Jones (b. John Baldwin, 3 January 1946, Sidcup, Kent, England; bass/keyboards), a respected arranger and session musician, replaced original member Chris Read more

Gary Moore - 12% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Blues Instrumental Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Robert William Gary Moore, 4 April 1952, Belfast, Northern Ireland. This talented, blues-influenced singer and guitarist joined his first major band, Skid Row, when he was 17 years old - initially with Phil Lynott, who left after a few months to form Thin Lizzy. Skid Row continued as a three-piece, with Brendan Shiels (bass) and Noel Bridgeman (drums). They relocated from Be Read more

Jethro Tull - 12% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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

Joe Cocker - 12% match to Dire Straits

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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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


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