David Knopfler is a Scottish-born rhythm guitarist, pianist, record producer and singer-songwriter. He is also a poet and book writer.
He is a co-founder of the British rock band Dire Straits, spending three years with them. After quitting the band, he embarked upon a solo career as a recording artist.
He initially created smaller record labels, publishing companies, and indie labels.
Knopfler has encouraged the advent of online purchasing music in 1995, although he concedes the necessity for other avenues of the distribution and sale of recorded music.
His book Bluffers Guide to the Rock Music Business was published in 1996.
David Knopfler played rhythm guitar beside his brother, who was lead guitarist to the band, and David appeared on Dire Straits' first two albums: Dire Straits (1978) and Communiqué (1979). The stress of composing, arranging songs, recording the then-requisite two albums and tours to support them took its toll on the brothers, and David left the band during the recording of their third album, Making Movies (1980), leaving him uncredited on the album. There is concert video footage, however, of David playing with the band live on several tracks of this album.
We wish him a very Happy Birthday!