uDiscover Music presents a selection of 20 key events and discoveries in Knopfler's life and career, as described by the man himself.
Illsley cut the record at Knopfler's British Grove and his co-producers include fellow former Dire Straits collaborator Guy Fletcher.
The graphic features many of the awards and honours bestowed on the British musician, both with Dire Straits and in his prolific solo career.
Having had the support of much-respected broadcaster and author Charlie Gillett, the band now turned to the production expertise of former Spencer Davis Group member Muff Winwood.
'Twisting By The Pool' was an old live favourite by the band, but it was never on any of their studio albums.
'Industrial Disease' was Mark Knopfler's typically pithy take on the decline that, by the early 1980s, had set in across the British manufacturing industry.
On 6 January 1979, their eponymous gave the band their first-ever appearance on the Billboard album listings.
Family bands have provided some of the greatest popular music of the past 100 years. As Sister Sledge once sang: “We are family. Get up everybody and sing.”
The writer-guitarist discusses his ninth solo studio album, a record on which he reaches well beyond the folk-roots base of his latter-day work.
Following the incredible success of 'Brothers In Arms,' the Vertigo compilation 'Money For Nothing' entered the UK chart at No. 1.
London's Olympia will host a special night in November to raise funds for the National Deaf Children's Society in conjunction with the London Drum Show.
With 'Making Movies,' the band entered a new decade well on the way to the radio-friendly roots-rock sound that would go on to dominate the '80s.
The itinerary supporting his 'Down The Road Wherever' album will begin in Spain in the spring.
The best guitar riffs in rock have become part of the cultural fabric, shaping the face of music and influencing wannabe axe legends down the generations.
Soon after the album became the band's first UK No. 1, it made a prominent chart debut in the US.