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Mark Knopfler born on this day 08/12/1949


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from www.billboard.com on August 12, 2004.

1949 - Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits is born in Glasgow, Scotland. The group's biggest hit is "Money for Nothing," which Knopfler writes with Sting. The song tops Billboard's Hot 100 for three weeks in 1985.

I unfortunately never saw Mark Knopfler in Dire Straits. Though I was lucky enough to see him perform a solo gig at Massey Hall in 2001. I had front row tickets and it was one of the greatest shows I've ever witnessed in my life.

Mark must have thought it was a great gig too as he released live tracks "Sailing To Philadephia" and "Brothers In Arms" recorded at Massey Hall on a bonus CD on his next solo release "Ragpickers Dream." Mark also released "So Far Away" and "Speedway At Nazareth" from the show on his CD single for "Why Aye Man."

Happy Birthday Mark!

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