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Good News in History, May 19

40 years ago today, Dire Straits released 'Sultans Of Swing', their first single from the debut album. With a budget of only $150, the...

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On This Day in History

Good News in History, May 19

40 years ago today, Dire Straits released 'Sultans Of Swing', their first single from the debut album. With a budget of only $150, the song was first recorded months earlier as a demo in North London. Written by singer-guitarist Mark Knopfler about a musician who “doesn't mind if he doesn't make the scene—he's got a daytime job and he's doing alright," the catchy hook rose to No. 4 on the Billboard chart. Mark's guitar solo went down in history as No. 22 on Guitar World's list of greatest solos. (1978)