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 music, Knopfler inaugurated a parallel solo career in 1983 with David Puttnams film Local Hero from which an atmospheric tie-in album sold moderately well with its single Going Home (the main title theme) a minor UK hit (which was incorporated into the bands stage act). Further film work included soundtracks to Cal, Bill Forsyths Comfort And Joy and with Dire Straits Guy Fletcher, The Princess Bride. After he and the bands drummer Pick Withers played on Bob Dylans Slow Train Coming, Knopfler was asked to produce the enigmatic Americans Infidels...
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