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Ex-Dire Straits guitarist Jack Sonni dies at the age of 68

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Ex-Dire Straits guitarist Jack Sonni dies at the age of 68

The American guitarist Jack Sonni, who was a member of Dire Straits from 1984 to 1988 died at the age of 68 last August 30. The news was shared by the band’s official social networks that paid tribute to him sharing a special message by the guitarist and singer Mark Knopfler.


Sonni was part of the band during their most successful period and recorded the classic album “Brothers In Arms” with them. That record had huge hits like “Money For Nothing”, “Walk of Life” and “So Far Away”. He also toured a couple of times with the band Dire Straits Legacy, which was formed by ex-members of the band and toured around the world playing their hits.

The special message Mark Knopfler released about Jack Sonni:

“A sad farewell to our old friend Jack Sonni, whom I met when he was working at Rudy’s Music Stop on 48th St. Jack was a genuine guitar enthusiast who loved to play, jam, and talk guitars and amps all day. He joined us on tour during the Brothers in Arms era and took to life on the road with the band like a fish to water.”

“Jack made friends wherever he went and will be missed by his many pals worldwide. Our thoughts are with his family at this time,” Mark Knopfler said.

Dire Straits was formed in London, England in 1977 and was active until 1988. The band reformed in 1990 and continued until 1995. They are one of the best-selling bands of all time with an estimated amount of more than 100 million records sold worldwide.

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