Every megaband has its unsung heroes and every platinum album is greater than the sum of its parts. While many know Mark Knopfler, the guitar virtuoso, and de facto leader of Dire Straits, many aren’t aware of the rest of the bands’ important contributions. Enter Guy Fletcher.
While Dire Straits may have laid down the proverbial gamut for FM Radio, and Mark Knopfler was given a lot of credit for that feat, it’s important to remember that as a founding member of the band, the ever-steady, John Illsley’s fingerprints are all over the music of Dire Straits, music which has come to define a generation of Rock music. John’s musicality and rhythmic interplay were integral to the success of the band in the late 70s, and 1980s.