Terry Williams (Dire Straits)

imageTerry Williams, the second drummer with Rock group Dire Straits was born 11 January 1948. Formed in 1977 by Brothers Mark (lead vocals and lead guitar)and David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), and friends John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals, and Pick Withers (drums and percussion), they recorded a five-song demo tape which included their future hit single, “Sultans of Swing”, as well as “Water of Love”, “Down to the Waterline”, “Wild West End” and David Knopfler’s “Sacred Loving”.

The group released their first album, “Dire Straits” and toured with Talking heads. The first song “Sultans of Swing” became one of Dire Straits biggest hit. The group’s second album, Communiqué, was released in 1979 And featured the single “Lady Writer”, and Once Upon a Time in the West”. 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. Their third album. Making Movies featured longer songs with more complex arrangements, as well as many of Mark Knopfler’s most personal compositions including “Romeo and Juliet. Dire Straits’ fourth studio album Love Over Gold, was also filled with lengthy, experimental arrangements like “Private Investigations” and “Industrial Disease. Dire Straits also released a four-song EP titled ExtendedancEPlay featuring “Twisting By the Pool” and embarked on a world tour resulting in The double album Alchemy Live, a recording of two live concerts of the group at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.

Dire Straits next album was the classic Brothers in Arms, which was released in 1985 and contained the songs “Money for Nothing”, “Walk of Life”, “So Far Away”, “Your Latest Trick” and “Brothers in Arms” And become the best-selling album of 1985 in the UK, “Money for Nothing” was also among the first videos ever to be played on MTV in Britain and featured guest vocals by Sting, who is credited with co-writing the song with Mark Knopfler, although in fact, it was just the inclusion of the melody line from “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”. Brothers in Arms was among the first albums recorded on digital equipment due to Knopfler pushing for improved sound quality The album’s title track is reported to be the world’s first CD single. The album is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records

The Dire Straits sound Was influenced by jazz, folk, blues, beat music and Rock’n’Roll which contrasted with punk and they have became one of the world’s most commercially successful bands, with worldwide album sales of over 120 million. making them One of the world’s best selling music artists. their fifth album, Brothers in Arms, has won many accolades. In November 2009, Dire Straits were honoured by the new PRS for Music Heritage Award. A blue plaque was erected at Farrer House, Church Street, Deptford in south London, where the original group, Mark Knopfler, David Knopfler, John Illsley and Pick Withers once shared a council flat. Dire Straits have also won numerous music awards during their career, including four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards—winning Best British Group twice, and two MTV Video Music Awards. The band’ most popular songs include “Sultans of Swing”, Walk ofLife, Money for NothingRomeo and Juliet”, “Tunnel of Love”, “Private Investigations” . Sadly Dire Straits disbanded in 1995 when Mark Knopfler launched his career full time as a solo artist. His album Privateering is described as “Delta Blues meets the Tyne”.

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