Mel Collins (Sax, 82-83) is born on the Isle of Man.
Terry Williams (drums, 82-89) is born in Swansea.
David ‘Pick’ Withers (drums, 77-82) is born in Leicester.
Tommy Mandel (keyboards, 82-83) is born in New York, New York.
John Illsley (bass/vocals, 77-95) is born in Leicester.
Mark Knopfler (vocals/guitar, 77-95) is born in Glasgow.
Alan Clark (keyboard, 80-95) is born in Durham.
Phil Palmer (guitar, 91-92) is born in London.
David Knopfler (guitar/vocals, 77-80) is born in Glasgow.
Hal Lindes (guitar, 80-85) is born in Monterey, California.
Joop de Korte (Percussion, 79-88) is born in Brielle, The Netherlands.
Paul Franklin (pedal steel, 91-92) is born in Detroit, Michigan.
Jack Sonni (guitar, 85-88) is born in the borough of Indiana, Pennsylvania.
Chris White (sax, 85-92) is born in Bristol.
Danny Cummings (percussion, 91-92) is born in Sheffield.
Chris Whitten (drums, 91-92) is born in Blackpool.
Guy Fletcher (keyboards, 84-95) is born in Maidstone.
Sessions for the second Dire Straits album begin at Compass Point Studios in Nassau before moving to Alabama’s famed Muscle Shoals Sound Studio to complete the album.
The Communiqué tour begins in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Consisting of 116 shows in 14 countries, the tour includes their first performances in North America – a whirlwind 51 shows in 38 days.
Sessions for the third Dire Straits album, Making Movies, begin at Power Station in New York.
David Knopfler leaves the band to pursue a solo career. His debut album, Release, is issued in 1983.
Making Movies, Dire Straits’ third album, is released. Produced by Jimmy Iovine and Mark, Making Movies peaks at #4 on the UK charts and includes the singles ‘Romeo And Juliet’, ‘Skateaway’ and ‘Tunnel Of Love’.
The first night of the On Location Tour at the Commodore in Vancouver, Canada. The tour will span 116 shows in 19 countries before ending in July 1981, and serves as the introduction for new members Alan Clark and Hal Lindes.
Sessions for the next Dire Straits album begin at the Power Station in New York. Pick Withers will leave the band shortly after recording is complete.
First night of the Love Over Gold tour, the first with new drummer Terry Williams. The band goes on to play 92 shows in 19 countries.
Dire Straits wins Best British Group at the 1983 Brit Awards.
Work begins on Brothers In Arms, recording at AIR Studios on the island of Montserrat. Hal Lindes leaves the band, these sessions were the first to include new members Guy Fletcher and Jack Sonni.
The marathon tour in support of Brothers In Arms begins in Yugoslavia. The tour lasts a full year, encompassing 248 shows in 23 countries, including a remarkable 14 consecutive nights at Wembley Arena.
Brothers In Arms is released. Produced by Mark Knopfler and Neil Dorfsman, the album features the hit singles ‘Money For Nothing’, ‘Walk Of Life’, and ‘So Far Away’. The record-breaking album goes to #1 in a dozen countries, winning the Brit for Best British Album and Grammys for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group (for ‘Money For Nothing’), Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical, and Best Music Video, eventually selling more than 30 million copies worldwide.
The groundbreaking, computer-animated video for ‘Money For Nothing’ is released. The video will help drive the single to the top of the US singles charts. It goes on to win Video of the Year and Best Group Video at the 1986 MTV Video Awards , and is the first video shown when MTV Europe launches in 1987.
Dire Straits play 14 concerts in a row at the iconic Wembley Arena, beginning July 4th with the Prince’s Trust Rock Gala performance; featuring special guests Sting, Pete Townshend, Hank Marvin, Francis Rossi, T-Bone Burnett, Nils Lofgren, Paul Brady and Dave Edmunds.
Dire Straits perform an afternoon set at Wembley Stadium as part of the historic Live Aid benefit concert, which is seen by a global television audience of nearly 2 million people. Sting guests on ‘Money For Nothing’. The band plays their own headlining show at Wembley Arena the same night.
Dire Straits is awarded the Brit for Best British Group for the second time.
Dire Straits make a surprise appearance at the Mayfair Ballroom in Newcastle for a charity gala concert in honour of 11-year-old Joanne Gillespie – the National Children of Courage and North East Personality award winner who published the 1989 book Brave Heart about her fight against cancer. The concert raised more than £35,000.
Sessions for the final Dire Straits album, On Every Street, begin at London’s Air Studios and continue until May 1991.
The On Every Street tour begins with a five-night stand at the Point Depot in Dublin, Ireland. Continuing for more than a year, the tour will finally wrap up in Zaragoza, Spain after 229 shows in 19 countries.
Dire Straits’ sixth and final studio album, On Every Street, is released. Including the singles ‘Calling Elvis’, ‘Heavy Fuel’ and the title track; the album tops the charts throughout Europe and reaches #12 in the US.
Mark Knopfler and John Illsley attend the unveiling of a PRS for Music Heritage Plaque by Ellis Rich, PRS Chairman. The special plaque is mounted outside the ground floor of Farrer House on Church Street in Deptford, UK, where Dire Straits began rehearsing in 1977 and where the band later played their first gig.