Mark Knopfler's Great Live Duets

Mark Knopfler's Great Live Duets

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 Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert (Photo by Pete Still/Redferns/Getty Images)

When you think of Mark Knopfler you think of Dire Straits (some may mention The Notting Hillbillies), but today we are going to highlight just a few of the brilliant collaborations between Knopfler and his peers.

Most notably his recorded work with Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and one of his guitar heroes, Chet Atkins - all absolute highlights. This extends into guest appearances, co-writes and multiple sessions with the most credible musicians in history. To say that Knopfler is one of the greats is an understatement, he is a master. 

Let's kick off with some jaw-dropping live footage.

Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton - Layla

Taken from the concert Music for Montserrat in 1997. These are two of the greatest guitarists of all time playing one of Clapton's signature songs. Smooth as silk, Knopfler's electric guitar compliments Clapton's acoustic with precision. They make it look SO easy. 

Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris - If This Is Goodbye

The magical vocal pairing of Knopfler and Harris is undeniably great. His husky brooding with her sweetness is sensational and this song performed this way is heartbreaking. 

Mark Knopfler and Chet Atkins - I'll See You In My Dreams / Imagine

This is what guitarists dreams are made of. Playing of the highest standards, watch the close ups of the finger-picking in awe. They move flawlessly into an instrumental of "Imagine" - taken from the Secret Pliceman's Third Ball in 1987. 

Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton - Sultans Of Swing

Of the years these two icons have paired up many times. This time in London for a trubute to Nelson Mandela for his 70th birthday. Imagine seeing this live! 

Mark Knopfler - Romeo and Juliet

The Dire Straits classic is exceptional. What a way to interpret the story! This performance is mesmerising and we couldn't publish this article without including it. 


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