Clapton Joins Dire Straits To Play “Sultans of Swing”

Clapton Joins Dire Straits To Play “Sultans of Swing”

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Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton.

Written by Mark Knopfler, released on May 1978 it was song for Dire Straits first debut album. “Sultans of Swing” is song which marked one past time when music had a different style.

Mark had a inspiration after seeing a jazz band playing in one pub corner. This song had reached No.4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No.8 on the UK Singles Chart.

The music for this song was composed by Mark Knopfler on a National Steel guitar in an open tuning, and he did not think very highly of it at first. But when he bought his first Strat in 1977 the whole thing was changed and music had some new rhythm. It came alive as soon as Mark played on that ’61 Strat.

The reception was generally positive, they included this in their demo tape and as it was being played, it started a bidding war. Because they played this song countless time already Mark once said that he was sick and addicted of the song.

He constantly improved and improvised a solo during concerts and other live performances. When Dire Straits performed at Nelson Mandela 70th birthday Tribute in 1988 – Eric Clapton which all we know about him and all the hits from him, joins Dire Straits during that live jam.

That was awesome and great to listen, because some of the best guitars sharing with you all hits at one stage. So cool and special.

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