Sultans of Swing: DIRE STRAITS

Australian singles chart:
Sultans of Swing entered the Kent Music Report on 6 November 1978 and peaked at #6. It was the #48 song of 1978.

The song is on Dire Straits which entered the Kent Music Report album charts on 16 October 1978, reaching #1.

Mark Knopfler

Muff Winwood

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From Alchemy: Dire Straits Live, recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London in July 1983:

Sultans of Swing was composed by Mark Knopfler who, at first, thought the song was “dull” until he bought his first Stratocaster in 1977: “It just came alive as soon as I played it on that ’61 Strat … the new chord changes just presented themselves and fell into place.”
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Group leader Mark Knopfler got the idea for the song from watching a lousy club band perform. As the story goes, Knopfler ducked into a bar where a mediocre band was closing out the night to an audience that was maybe four or five drunks. The band ended their set with the lead singer announcing “Goodnight and thank you. We are the sultans of swing.” Said Knopfler: “When the guys said ‘Thank you very much, We are the Sultans of Swing,’ there was something really funny about it to me because Sultans, they absolutely weren’t.”
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