A Listmania! list by John Fenech(Sydney, NSW Australia)
The list author says: "Mark Knopfler OBE (born August 12, 1949, Glasgow, Scotland) is a British guitarist, singer, songwriter, and film score composer.
Knopfler was originally best-known as the lead guitarist and vocalist for the British rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded in 1977 with his brother David. Following the dissolution of Dire Straits in 1995, Knopfler has continued to record and produce albums as a solo artist, under his own name. Occasionally, Knopfler has played in other groups, such as the The Notting Hillbillies; as well, he has guested on works by other artists, including The Dandy Warhols, Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, Eric Clapton, John Fogerty, Jools Holland, Steely Dan, Emmylou Harris and Chet Atkins. He has produced albums for artists such as Tina Turner, Randy Newman and Bob Dylan. In addition, he has scored the music to several films, including Metroland, Local Hero, Cal, Last Exit to Brooklyn, Wag the Dog, and Rob Reiner's classic, The Princess Bride.
He is one of the most respected fingerstyle guitarists of the modern rock era. Knopfler was ranked #27 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold in excess of 118 million albums to date."
"The soundtrack was originally released by Warner Bros. Records in November 1987. It was co-written and recorded by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, the only person whom director Rob Reiner felt could create a soundtrack to capture the film's quirky yet romantic nature."
"Last Exit to Brooklyn is Mark Knopfler's fourth and the last soundtrack album before his soundtrack compilation Screenplaying. The album was released in October 1989 and was derived from the film of the same name."
"Screenplaying is a soundtrack Greatest hits by Mark Knopfler, released in 1993. It's his one and only Greatest hits album under his name. It contains soundtrack from the films Cal, Last Exit to Brooklyn,The Princess Bride and Local Hero"
"Golden Heart is an album by Mark Knopfler (former front man of Dire Straits) released in 1996. It is his debut solo album after Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, although he scored several motion pictures before.
The first song "Darling Pretty" was featured on the Twister movie soundtrack."
"The film featured many songs created entirely for the fictitious campaign waged by the protagonists: "Good Old Shoe", "The American Dream" and "The Men of the 303" are but salient examples. None of these pieces made it onto the soundtrack which was released on CD: it featured only the title track, by British guitarist/vocalist Mark Knopfler, and seven of Knopfler's Instrumentals."
"Metroland soundtrack album contains music and songs from the 1997 film of the same name. The instrumental tracks, specifically composed and recorded for the film by Mark Knopfler, effectively help to create the mood and highlight the distinct personalities of the principal characters."
"The Ragpicker's Dream is Mark Knopfler's third solo album (after Golden Heart and Sailing to Philadelphia), released in 2002. It is a collection of songs written from the point of view of poor but dignified people, struggling to get by in life, often enjoying small triumphs. Knopfler does not play the acoustic guitar as much as he used to, but gives a folk imprint to the whole album"
"Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler is a 2005 best of album. Named after their 1982 hit single, it consists of material by Dire Straits, with songs selected from most of the group's studio albums from 1978 up to the group's dissolution in 1995."
"All the Roadrunning is a collaborative album by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris. Released in 2006 by Warner Bros. in the US and Universal Music in Europe, "This Is Us" was released as the first single, followed by "Beachcombing"."
"Kill To Get Crimson is the fifth solo album by Mark Knopfler, released 17 September 2007. The album cover image is taken from the painting "Four Lambrettas and Three Portraits of Janet Churchman" by John Bratby painted in 1958."
"Get Lucky is the title of Mark Knopfler's upcoming sixth solo album. It is set to be released on September 14, 2009 in Europe and September 15 in the US in three configurations. Knopfler has announced a tour through North America and Europe in 2010"