Our choice of the most memorable guitar exploits of the world-famous British musician.
Listen to our playlist of this unique instrument, honouring 'Leo' Fender, born on 10 August 1909.
Europe finally got its own MTV channel on 1 August 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 13 July 1985, Live Aid, the dual concert at Wembley Stadium and JFK Stadium featured some of the greatest performances by rock royalty in history.
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 US chapter on 8 June 1985.
The show combines Illsley's and his former band's material with his memories of life on the road with one of the biggest-selling rock bands of all time.
The 'Down The Road Wherever' tour offers admirers the chance to hear a wide selection of material from the Knopfler and Dire Straits catalogues.
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.
The tour named after Knopfler's current album opened in fine style in Barcelona on 25 April.
The legendary Muscle Shoals studio defined the sound of Southern soul before becoming one of the go-to studios for the biggest names in music.