Sultans Of Swing
Dire Straits
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You check out Guitar George, he knows all the chords
Mind he's strictly rhythm he doesn't want to make it cry or sing
But then an old guitar is all he can afford
When he gets up under the lights to play his thing
1979
4
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1979
  • peaked at No. 8 on the UK Singles chart in 1979
  • from Dire Straits' debut album Dire Straits (1978)
  • "Sultans Of Swing" was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • the song was originally recorded only as a demo but later re-recorded after the group secured a contract with Phonogram, a British record company
  • Dire Straits:
         Mark Knopfler - vocals, lead and rhythm guitars
         David Knopfler - rhythm guitar, vocals
         John Illsley - bass, vocals
         Pick Withers - drums
  • written by Mark Knopfler
  • produced by Muff Winwood
  • engineered by Rhett Davies
  • recorded at Basing Street Studios, London, England
  • Warner Bros Records label
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