Dire Straits: Mark Knopfler’s Fascination with Elvis Presley

In a 1979 interview in “Guitar Player” magazine, Dire Straits entrance male Mark Knopfler summed up his self-taught guitar type to Joel A. Siegel. “I picked up the principles from individuals like the Shadows, the Everly Brothers, Duane Eddy, Rick Nelson, and Elvis…. I was into participating in American music.” Elvis Presley affected quite a few younger musicians coming of age in the 1960s, even all those across the Atlantic in England, and the King of Rock and Roll’s work and persona continue on to fascinate Knopfler into the 21st century.

Knopfler’s very first brush with the King occurred when Phil Lynott (of Slim Lizzy fame) penned a tune about Elvis’ loss of life for his 1980 solo album “Solo in Soho.” The tune, entitled “King’s Get in touch with,” featured the similar design of guitar playing found on the first two Dire Straits album. Knopfler is closely highlighted in the songs video for the music, clad in leather-based pants and wailing away on his famous crimson Fender Strat. In a 2001 interview for Classic Guitar Journal, Willie G. Moseley named the tune “a person of the most effective Elvis tribute tracks ever recorded,” to which Knopfler replied “I seriously loved hanging out with Phil. [His death] was these kinds of a disgrace he was a sweet person.” Even as lately as 2006, the Austin Chronicle (an different Texas newspaper) was praising the “neon licks” heard on the monitor.

In 1991, Dire Straits’ very last album “On Each individual Road” opened with a rocker of a tune, “Contacting Elvis.” The tune was also utilized to open just about every live performance for the duration of that particular 91-92 tour. Quite a few references to song titles these kinds of movement as a result of the lyrics, this kind of as:

Oh like me tender

Toddler really don’t be cruel

Return to sender

Treat me like a idiot

Ironically plenty of, the track alone wasn’t motivated by Presley, but basically an odd flip of phrase by a household member. In the course of a radio interview on BBC 1, Knopfler explained, “My brother-in-law transpired to say a single day that attempting to connect with your sister was like making an attempt to get in touch with Elvis. And that was it. That’s all it was.”

In 2004, Knopfler ongoing to engage in tribute with a peaceful tune termed “Back to Tupelo.” Possibly much more about Elvis’s infamous manager, Colonel Tom Parker, it tells the story of Elvis at a crossroads. In a advertising job interview that year, Knopfler clarifies, “I suppose I understood slowly as a child that Elvis wished to be a Hollywood star as perfectly as a singer. I failed to understand rather how poorly. It astonished me to study that there are audio supervisors currently who admire his supervisor, Colonel Parker. And thousands of youngsters today want to be famed, typically just to be well known, possibly additional than at any time in the previous.”

There might be extra music references and tributes in store as the decades progress. Elvis may perhaps have left the constructing, but he unquestionably hasn’t left the innovative mind of Mark Knopfler.