Took the name Dire Straits because it represented their financial condition in the early days.
In 2001, British scientists named a dinosaur they discovered after Mark Knopfler. They named the dinosaur, which was discovered in Madagascar, "Masiakasaurus Knopfleri" as a tribute to Knopfler.
Mark Knopfler was a journalist and teacher before joining the band. One of his first assignments as a cub reporter for the Yorkshire Evening Post was to write Jimi Hendrix' obituary.
Mark Knopfler's second wife is named Lourdes. They had twin boys in 1987.
The band's demo cost only $175 dollars to make. The record company was so impressed that they got Spencer Davis Group bassist Muff Winwood (brother of Steve) to produce their debut album.
They were Princess Diana's favorite rock group.
Illsley once donated $750,000 to a charity to raise children's awareness of the dangers of drugs.
At a concert in New Zealand, the Minister of Transport called off a National Stewards' strike so they could make it to their show.
Before Dire Straits, David Knopfler was a social worker, and Illsley was studying sociology.
Mark Knopfler has worked on the soundtracks for Local Hero, Comfort and Joy, and Cal.
Mark Knopfler is left-handed but he plays right-handed; he says that makes him strong at vibratos.
Gary - Kumla, Sweden