Band Members

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Dire Straits name describes the financial situation they were in when forming the band
Mark Knopfler
lead guitar, lead vocals

In the Band: 1977 – 1995
Mark Freuder Knopfler, OBE (born 12 August 1949) is a British songwriter, film score composer, guitarist, and record producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded with his brother, David Knopfler, in 1977.

David Knopfler
rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals

In the Band: 1977 – 1980
David Knopfler (born 27 December 1952) is a British rhythm guitarist, pianist, record producer and singer-songwriter. He is also a poet and book writer.

He is a co-founder of the British rock band Dire Straits, spending three years with them. After quitting the band, he embarked upon a solo career as a recording artist.

John Illsley
bass guitar, backing vocals

In the Band: 1977 – 1995
John Edward Illsley (born 24 June 1949, Leicester, England) is an English musician who rose to fame as the bass guitarist of the critically acclaimed rock band Dire Straits. With Dire Straits, Illsley has been the recipient of multiple BRIT and Grammy Awards and a Heritage Award.

Pick Withers
Drums, Vocals

In the Band: 1977 – 1982
David « Pick » Withers (born 4 April 1948 in Leicester, England) was the original drummer for the rock band Dire Straits and played on its first four albums, which included hit singles such as « Sultans of Swing, » « Romeo and Juliet » and « Private Investigations. »

Alan Clark
Keyboards

In the Band: 1980 – 1995
Alan Clark (born 5 March 1952 in Great Lumley, County Durham, England) is an English musician who was the first and main keyboardist for the British rock band Dire Straits.

Hal Lindes
Guitars, vocals

In the Band: 1980 – 1995
Hal Andrew Lindes (born June 30, 1953 in Monterey, California) is an English-American guitarist and film score composer.

Terry Williams
Drums

In the Band: 1982- 1989
Terrence « Terry » Williams (born 11 January 1948 in Swansea, Glamorgan, South Wales) is a Welsh rock drummer, whose resume includes work for Dire Straits and Man.

Guy Fletcher
Synthesizer, vocals

In the Band: 1984- 1995
Guy Edward Fletcher (born 24 May 1960, Maidstone, Kent, England) is an English multi-instrumentalist, best known for his position as the keyboardist in the British rock band Dire Straits[1] from 1984 until the group’s dissolution, and his involvement in many parts of Mark Knopfler’s solo work to date.

Jack Sonny
Guitars

In the Band: 1985- 1988
Jack Sonni (born December 9, 1954, Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States) is a writer, musician and former marketing executive best known as « the other guitarist » in Dire Straits during the band’s Brothers in Arms era.