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‘Alchemy’ released

Alchemy: Dire Straits Live, the band’s first official live album, is released featuring recordings made over two nights at London’s Hammersmith Odeon on the Love Over Gold tour.

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‘ExtendeDancEPlay’ EP released

The ExtendeDancEPlay EP (titled Twisting By The Pool in some territories) is released.

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Love Over Gold Tour

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.

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‘Love Over Gold’ released

Produced by Mark Knopfler, Love Over Gold is released. Their first UK #1 album, Love Over Gold includes the singles ‘Private Investigations’ and ‘Industrial Disease’ and propelled the band to their first Brit, for Best British Group, the following year.

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Recordings for ‘Love Over Gold’ begin

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.

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First US TV appearance on Solid Gold

The band makes their US television debut, performing ‘Sultans Of Swing’ and ‘Skateaway’ on Solid Gold.

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On Location Tour

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.

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‘Making Movies’ released

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’.

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David Knopfler leaves

David Knopfler leaves the band to pursue a solo career. His debut album, Release, is issued in 1983.

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Recording for ‘Making Movies’ begins

Sessions for the third Dire Straits album, Making Movies, begin at Power Station in New York.

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