Mark Knopfler, born 12.8.1949 in Glasgow, is one of the most successful and innovative guitarists in pop and rock history. In 1977 he founded the band Dire Straits with his brother David, bassist John Illsley and drummer Pick Withers. In 1978 the album “Dire Straits” is released with the single “Sultans of Swing”. By the beginning of the 1990s, Dire Straits released a total of 6 studio albums that are globally successful. With over 120 million albums sold Dire Straits is one of the most successful bands in rock history. Knopfler has also released numerous solo albums and composed various soundtracks for movies.