The best guitar solos – from driving riffs to technical displays of mastery – make a song complete and more often than not, transcend the track entirely.
On September 9, 1991, the band released a new studio record for what turned out to be the last time.
'Brothers In Arms' hit the top of the US album chart on August 31, 1985 and held sway for nine weeks.
Our choice of the most memorable guitar exploits of the world-famous British musician.
'Dire Straits – The Studio Albums 1978-1991' includes of all the seminal British band's studio LPs released during that time.
Listen to our playlist of this unique instrument, honouring 'Leo' Fender, born on August 10, 1909.
Europe finally got its own MTV channel on August 1, 1987, opening with, what else, Dire Straits' 'Money For Nothing' video.
On 22 July 1978, Dire Straits had something to show for their early efforts in terms of a UK chart position — but only just.
On July 13, 1985, Live Aid, the dual concert at Wembley Stadium and JFK Stadium featured some of the greatest musical performances in history and I was there to witness it.
The links between the American band and the British guitar hero go deeper than you might think.
The duo of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith became a huge part of the major US chart takeover by British acts of the mid-1980s.
The incredible chart domination of a decade-defining album began its UK chapter on 25 May 1985.
On 22 May 1993, the band entered the UK bestsellers with a new album for the final time.
The song became an anthem of their early sound, but it had to work for it.
'Just One Night' captured Slowhand's late 1970s show at Tokyo's famous Budokan Theatre.