Pick Withers

Pick Withers

The story behind the song: Sultans Of Swing by Dire Straits

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Inspired by watching a hopeless jazz combo in a deserted pub, a song about a struggling band set Dire Straits on the way from dire straits to superstardom. ...
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John Illsley reveals how he met Mark Knopfler for the first time

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As the super group celebrate their 40th anniversary, the bass guitarist explains the band’s serious financial fix in the 1970s. John Illsley who was with Mark Knopfler from ...
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The Crystal Sound of Dire Straits – Part I

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Back in 1978 when Dire Straits started to form, they had no idea how far they can go. There was something in that point in time, something in ...
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Wolfgang Hammersmith – Story and Rare Photographs of Dire Straits

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Wolfgang Hammersmith is an accomplished photographer, author, musician, and diver. He pursued training in each of these areas to improve his skills in many areas. In 1979 Wolfgang ...
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Dire Straits And Their Early Success 1980-1984

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In 1980 Dire Straits were nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for “Sultans of Swing”. ...
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History of Dire Straits 1977 – 1979 And First Two Albums

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1977 is the year when brothers Mark and David Knopfler and friends John Illsley and Pick Withers formed one of the greatest bands in the world – Dire ...
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Mark Knopfler – Cleaning My Gun (Promo Video)

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Mark Knopfler has released a promotional video of the song “Cleaning My Gun”. The song is extracted from the album “Get Lucky”, released in September 2009. Although he ...
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Dire Straits: How we made Brothers In Arms

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We look back on the album that turned Dire Straits into the biggest British rock band of the 80’s. In November 1984, Mark Knopfler gathered Dire Straits at ...
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Dire Straits get money for everything

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If Dire Straits thought the world needed a little break from them after the globe-straddling success of Brothers In Arms, then in 1988 proved that the opposite was ...
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Dire Straits Deliver A ‘Communiqué’

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All of the early groundwork that Dire Straits had put into cultivating their audience with tireless live work and a strong first album brought them a new reward ...
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