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On August 15, 2008.

On August 15, 2008, Gerald “Jerry” Wexler died aged 91. He was music journalist and producer, one of the main music industry personalities in the period from the 50s through the 80s. He played significant role in signing and producing many of most famous music acts of that period, including Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Ray Charles, the Allman Brothers, Chris Connor, Wilson Pickett, Dire Straits and Dusty Springfield. Wexler coined the term “Rhythm and Blues” while writing for “Billboard” magazine in the late 1940s. In 1987, Wexler was inducted to the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, and in 2017 to the “National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame”.

On October 7, 2019.

On October 7, 2019, Malcolm “Molly” Duncan died aged 74. He was a musician (saxophone), recorded and performed with Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Tom Petty, Buddy Guy, Ben E. King, Dire Straits, Bryan Ferry, Chaka Khan, and Eric Clapton, but was best known as a founding member of Average White Band.

On August 5, 1992.

On August 5, 1992, Jeffrey Thomas Porcaro died aged 38. He was a songwriter, musician (drums), and record producer, best known as the drummer with Toto. He was one of the most south after session drummers in popular music, played on hundreds of albums and worked with numerous artists such as Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, George Benson, Greg Lake, Seals & Crofts, Les Dudek, Joe Cocker, Steely Dan, The Jacksons, Tommy Bolin, Jackson Browne, Leo Sayer, Boz Scaggs, Carly Simon, Eric Carmen, Valerie Carter, Lisa Dal Bello, Hall & Oates, Diana Ross, Colin Blunstone, Larry Carlton, Allen Toussaint, Dave Mason, Warren Zevon, Ruben Blades, Bim, Jerry Williams, Al Stewart, Marc Jordan, Rickie Lee Jones, Janne Schaffer, Lowell George, Aretha Franklin, Jon Anderson, Luis Miguel, Love and Money, Patti Austin, Mariya Takeuchi, The Brothers Johnson, Peter Frampton, Bee Gees, Char, Christopher Cross, Randy Crawford, Al Jarreau, Amii Ozaki, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Eye to Eye, Donna Summer, Elton John, Melissa Manchester, Donald Fagen, Herbie Hancock, Don Henley, Michael McDonald, Lionel Richie, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, Russ Taff, Chicago, David Gilmour Joe Walsh, Eric Clapton, Peter cetera, Earth Wind & Fire, roger Hodgson, David Benoit, Dr. John, Steve Porcaro, Nik Kershaw, Poco, Clair Mario, Celine Dion, Natalie Cole, Madonna, Jude Cole, Sandy Patty, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Bolton, Cher, Dire Straits, Richard Marx, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, B-52’s, Go West, 10CC, Roger Waters, Paul Young, and David Crosby. In 1993, Porcaro was posthumously inducted into the “Modern Drummer Hall of Fame”.

On October 17, 1980.

making_movies

On October 17, 1980, “Vertigo” label released “Making Movies”, the third Dire Straits studio album.It was recorded June – August 1980, at “Power Station: in New York,and was produced by Jimmy Iovine and Mark Knopfler. The album was certified Platinum in Finland by “Musiikkituottajat”; 2 x Platinum in UK by “BPI”, and Platinum in the US by “RIIA”.

Personnel:

  • Mark Knopfler– vocals, guitar
  • John Illsley– bass, vocals
  • Pick Withers– drums, vocals
  • Roy Bittan– keyboards
  • Shelly Yakus– engineer
  • Jeff Hendrickson – assistant engineer
  • Jon Mathias – assistant engineer
  • Greg Calbi– mastering
  • Neil Terk – original design, artwork
  • Brian Griffin – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Mark Knopfler, except where noted.

  1. Tunnel of Love – Extract from “The Carousel Waltz” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
  2. Romeo and Juliet
  3. Skateaway
  4. Expresso Love
  5. Hand in Hand
  6. Solid Rock
  7. Les Boys

 

On September 20, 1982.

love-over-gold

On September 20, 1982, “Vertigo” label released “Love over Gold”, the fourth Dire Straits studio album. It was recorded March – June 1982, at “Power Station” in New York City, and was produced by Mark Knopfler. The album was certified 2 x Platinum in Canada by “CRIA”; Platinum in France by “SNEP”; 2 x Platinum in UK by “BPI”; Platinum in Germany by “IFPI”.

Personnel:

  • Mark Knopfler– vocals, guitar
  • Hal Lindes– guitar
  • Alan Clark– keyboards
  • John Illsley– bass
  • Pick Withers– drums
  • Mike Mainieri– vibes, marimba
  • Ed Walsh – synthesizer programming
  • Neil Dorfsman– engineer
  • Barry Bongiovi – assistant engineer
  • Bob Ludwig– mastering
  • Michae Rowe – sleeve design
  • Alan Lobel – photography
  • Peter Cunningham – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Mark Knopfler.

  1. Telegraph Road
  2. Private Investigations
  3. Industrial Disease
  4. Love over Gold
  5. It Never Rains

On September 10, 1991.

dire_straits_-_on_every_street

On September 10, 1991, “Vertigo” label released “On Every Street”, the sixth and final Dire Straits studio album. It was recorded November 1990 – May 1991, at “AIR Studios” in London, and was produced by Mark Knopfler and Alan Clark. The album was certified Platinum in Australia by “ARIA”; Platinum in Canada by “Music Canada”; Platinum in Finland by Musiikkituottajat; Diamond in France by “SNEP”; Platinum in Germany by “BVMI”; 4 x Platinum in Spain by “PROMUSICAE”; 4 x Platinum in Switzerland by “IFPI Switzerland”: 2 x Platinum in UK by the “BPI” and Platinum in the US by the “RIIA”.

Personnel:

  • Mark Knopfler– vocals, guitar
  • John Illsley– bass
  • Alan Clark– organ, piano, synthesizer
  • Guy Fletcher– synthesizers, backing vocals
  • Chris White– flute, saxophone
  • Danny Cummings– percussion
  • Paul Franklin– pedal steel guitar, acoustic lap steel
  • Vince Gill– guitar, backing vocals
  • Manu Katché– percussion, drums
  • George Martin– conductor, string arrangements
  • Phil Palmer– guitar
  • Jeff Porcaro– drums, percussion
  • Chuck Ainlay– engineer
  • Bill Schnee– engineer
  • Steve Orchard – assistant engineer
  • Jack Joseph Puig– assistant engineer
  • Andy Strange – assistant engineer
  • Neil Dorfsman– mixing
  • Bob Clearmountain– mixing
  • Jo Motta – project coordinator
  • Paul Williams – photography
  • Sutton Cooper – design
  • Paul Cummins – design

Track listing:

All tracks by Mark Knopfler.

  1. Calling Elvis
  2. On Every Street
  3. When it Comes to You
  4. Fade to Black
  5. The Bug
  6. You and Your Friend
  7. Heavy Fuel
  8. Iron Hand
  9. Ticket to Heaven
  10. My Parties
  11. Planet of new Orleans
  12. How Long

On June 15, 1979.

Dire_Straits_Communique

On June 15, 1979, “Vertigo” label released “Communiqué”, the second Dire Straits studio album. It was recorded November – December 1978, at “Compass Point Studios” in Nassau, Bahamas, and was produced by Barry Beckett and Jerry Wexler. The album cover was designed by Phonogram’s advertising agency “Grant Advertising” and in 1979 it won album cover of the year in the “NME” awards. “Communiqué” was certified  Platinum in the UK, and 2 x Platinum in France.

Personnel:

  • Mark Knopfler– vocals, lead, and rhythm guitars
  • David Knopfler– vorhythm guitar
  • John Illsley– vocals, bass
  • Pick Withers– drums
  • Bear – keyboards
  • Jack Nuber – engineer
  • Thelbert Rigby – tape operator
  • Gregg Hamm – mix engineer
  • Bobby Hata – mastering
  • Paul Wexler – mastering supervisor
  • Bob Ludwig– remastering
  • Alan Schmidt – art direction

Track listing:

All tracks by Mark Knopfler.

  1. Once upon a Time in the West
  2. News
  3. Where Do You Think You’re Going?
  4. Communiqué
  5. Lady Writer
  6. Angel of mercy
  7. Portobello Belle
  8. Single-Handed Sailor
  9. Follow Me Home

 

 

On May 13, 1985.

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On May 13, 1985, “Vertigo” label released “Brothers in Arms”, the fifth Dire Straits studio album. It was recorded November 1984 – March 1985, at “AIR Studios” in Montserrat, and was produced by Neil Dorfsman and Mark Knopfler. In 1986 “Brothers in Arms” won two “Grammy Awards”, and also won “Best British Album” at the 1987 “Brit Awards”. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked “Brothers in Arms” at number 351 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of all Time”. The album was ranked at number 51 on “Q” magazine list of the “100 Greatest British Albums Ever”. The album was certified 9 x Platinum in the US by the “RIIA”. It became the seventh best-selling album in UK chart history, and with total sale of more than thirty million copies worldwide, “Brothers in Arms” is one of the world’s best-selling albums ever.

Personnel:

  • Mark Knopfler– guitars, lead vocals
  • John Illsley– bass, vocals
  • Alan Clark– keyboards
  • Guy Fletcher– synthesizer, backing vocals
  • Omar Hakim– drums
  • Terry Williams– drums
  • Michael Brecker– tenor saxophone
  • Randy Brecker– trumpet
  • Malcolm Duncan– tenor saxophone
  • Neil Jason– bass
  • Tony Levin– bass
  • Jimmy Maelen– percussion
  • Michael Mainieri– vibraphone
  • Dave Plews – trumpet
  • Jack Sonni– guitar
  • Sting– backing vocals
  • Neil Dorfsman – engineer
  • Steve Jackson – assistant engineer
  • Bruce Lampcov – assistant engineer
  • John Dent – mastering
  • Sutton Cooper – sleeve photography
  • Deborah Feingold – photography
  • Thomas Steyer – painting

Track listing:

All tracks by Mark Knopfler, except where noted.

  1. So Far Away
  2. Money for Nothing – Mark Knopfler, Sting
  3. Walk of Life
  4. Your Latest Trick
  5. Why Worry
  6. Ride Across the River
  7. The Man’s Too Strong
  8. One World
  9. Brothers in Arms

On February 12, 1974.

Bottom Line Club

On February 12, 1974, “The Bottom Line” club opened in New York City. Owned by Allan Pepper and Stanley Snadowsky, during the 70’s and 80’s, the club was a major space for small-scale music performances. The club stoped working in 2004. Some of the artists who performed in the club were Miles Davis, Gato Barbieri, Bill Evans, Charles Mingus, Mose Allison, Muddy Waters, Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield, Ray Barretto, Peter Gabriel, Al Kooper, Tom Waits, Melvin Van Peebles, Neil Sedaka, Billy Joel, Suzi Quatro, Patti Smith, Flo & Eddie, Toots and the Maytals, Cheech & Chong, Tower of Power, Tim Hardin, Roger McGuinn, JJ Cale, The Meters, Greg Kihn Band, Ry Cooder,Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Sam & Dave, Asım Can Gündüz, The Ronettes, John Cale, Gong, Peter Bardens, The Violent Femmes, Eric Clapton, Carl Perkins, Linda Ronstadt,The Police, Richard Marx, Prince, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Van Morrison, The Stone Poneys, Chuck Mangione, Emmylou Harris, Clinn Rippy, Neil Young, Barry Manilow, Laura Nyro, Loudon Wainwright III, New York Dolls, Lyle Lovett, The Electric Flag, Pat Martino, Todd Rundgren, Graham Parker, Grayson Hugh, Stan Ridgway, Horslips, Dire Straits,Chris Hillman, Hawkwind, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Tracy Nelson, The Pointer Sisters, Betty Carter, Ravi Shankar, Ramones and Michael Hedges.

On October 7, 1978.

Dire Straits first album

On Octoebr 7, 1978, “Vertigo” label released the self titled, debut Dire Straits studio album. It was recorded February – March 1978, at the “Basing Street Studios”, London, and was produced by Muff Winwood. The album featured the hit single “Sultans of Swing”, which became the band’s trademark and helped the album to be certified 2 x Platinum in the US and UK.

Personnel:

  • Mark Knopfler– vocals, lead and rhythm guitars
  • David Knopfler– vocals, rhythm guitar
  • John Isley– vocals, bass
  • Pick Withers– drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Mark Knopfler.

  1. Down to the Waterline
  2. Water of Love
  3. Setting me Up
  4. Six Blade Knife
  5. Southbound Again
  6. Sultans of Swing
  7. In the Gallery
  8. Wild West End
  9. Lions