Mark Knopfler: A Life in Songs

60 min

I didn't know how to play anyway.

I remember once, it was overpowering, and there was nothing I could do,

and I just picked up this Spanish guitar and took it off the hook

and took it down, and a voice behind me said,

"If you drop that, I'll drop you."

For the 11-year-old Mark Knopfler,

only one guitar would fit the bill, and that was the Fender Stratocaster

as used by his hero, Hank Marvin of The Shadows.

Back then, I wanted to have a Strat

just because of The Shadows' sound and the twang, that's what it was.

It's just really pick and tremolo arm, that twang.

And not everybody can just get that.

Sometimes you get people that are more hammy on it,

so everybody's got a different touch on it.

And Hank had a beautiful vibrato on it.

So that sound thankfully just came kind of naturally.

Just that sound.

And I still wish I could get a guitar to sound the way he gets it to sound.

So here he is, one of the all-time favourites,

the man himself, Hank B Marvin.

Hank used to come down and play with us on our encores.

If he was about, he would come down and do Local Hero and stuff.

"Going Home"

It's always very nice to complete the circuit with your childhood.

# Bye-bye, love

# Bye-bye, happiness

# Hello, loneliness

# I think I'm a-going to die... #

In his early teenage years, another sound Mark found hard

to resist was the sweet vocal harmonies of the Everly Brothers.

A good friend of mine called Vince, who I'm still friendly with,

we used to play Everly Brothers records together and things

that belonged to his big sister Francine.

# There goes my baby with someone else, yeah, yeah, yeah

# She sure looks happy

# I sure am blue. #

And when the Everlys recorded a song that I wrote,

I got the chance to play it with them at this TV special

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