They play Creole, Creole

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

February 13, 1978

dsDire Straits begin recording their first album at Basing Street Studios, London. The whole project costs $21,250 to produce. The album which features the group’s breakthrough single Sultans of Swing enjoys a 132 week run on the U.K. chart. The inspiration for Sultans of Swing comes from Mark Knopfler witnessing a mediocre jazz band playing in the corner of a practically deserted pub. At the end of their performance, the lead singer steps up to the microphone and announces that they are the “Sultans of Swing.”



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