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Recording for ‘On Every Street’ begins

Sessions for the final Dire Straits album, On Every Street, begin at London’s Air Studios and continue until May 1991.

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The Notting Hillbillies

Mark Knopfler and Guy Fletcher join Steve Phillips and Brendan Croker to form The Notting Hillbillies. The band releases one album, Missing…Presumed Having a Good Time, and embarks on several UK tours throughout the 1990s.

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Gala for Joanne Gillespie

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.

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‘Money For Nothing’ is released

‘Money For Nothing’, Dire Straits’ first greatest hits compilation, is released. The album includes a handful of previously unreleased outtakes, mixes and edits.

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Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert

Dire Straits headlines the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert at Wembley Stadium, with Eric Clapton guesting on second guitar.

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Live Aid

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.

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Wembley Arena residency

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.

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‘Brothers In Arms’ is released

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.

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‘Brothers In Arms’ Tour

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.

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Recording ‘Brothers In Arms’ begins

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.

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