- Sultans of Swing
Name = Sultans of Swing
from Album = Dire Straits
B-side = Eastbound Train (UK)
Southbound Again (U.S.)
Format = 7"
Recorded = February 1978
Genre = Rock
Length = 5:48
Label = Vertigo (UK)
Warner Bros. (U.S.)
Dire Straits(demo) Muff Winwood
Chart position = * #4 (USA, 1979 Pop Singles)
* #8 (
UK Singles Chart)
Last single =
This single = "Sultans of Swing"
Next single = "
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Audio file = Dire_Straits_-_Sultans_of_Swing.ogg"Sultans of Swing" was the first single release of the British rock band
It was first recorded as a demo at
Pathway Studios, North London, and quickly acquired a following after it was put in the rotation at Radio London. It did not take long for the popularity to find its way to record executives, and Dire Straits were offered a contract with Phonogram, a British record company. The song was then re-recorded and released in both the United Kingdom and the United States, though the demo version remained on the original UK Vertigo single.
It entered the American music pop charts in early
1979. Unusually, the success of this single release came more than six months after the relatively unheralded release of the band's debut album in October 1978. BBC Radio were unwilling to play the song due to its high lyrical content; after it became a U.S.A. hit, however, their line softened [ [http://www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=107170 Humble guitar hero in Istanbul tonight] ] . The song reached the top 10 in both the UK and the U.S., reaching number 8 on the UK Singles Chartand number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100and helped drive sales of the album, which also became a hit.
With its Dylanesque lyrics and vocals, along with economic guitar fills, the song was a marked change from the waning
discostyle and the nascent punk movement. The arrangement of "Sultans of Swing" was straightforward: two guitars, a bass, and a straight 4/4 beaton the drums. Dire Straits' original lineup has Mark Knopfler on vocals and lead guitar, David Knopfler on rhythm guitar, John Illsley on bass, and Pick Withers on drums.
The song's story is that of the diverse members of a working-class
jazzgroup who only want to play their distinctive sound in a small London club, and don't care how popular they are. One player mentioned by name, "Guitar George", may have been a reference to musician George Borowski[ [http://www.georgeborowski.co.uk/reviews/qreview.htm Guitar George - The Q Review] ] .
Although he was not given co-writer's credits on the song, Columbia recording artist
Bill Wilsonis said to have written many of the lyrics to the song while he and Knopfler were both studio musicians working a session in Nashville [ [http://cdbaby.com/cd/sonnycarter CD Baby: SONNY CARTER: Wings of Time] ] . During a live performance of the song in Indianapolis, circa 1991, Wilson had this to say before the song:
"I do this thing I co-wrote about, I guess, it's been about 12 years ago I wrote the lyrics and a friend of mine used to work a lot of sessions for my old producer, Bob Johnston, and worked a session with this fellow from England by the name of Mark Knopfler. Has his own group over there called Dire Straits. He had this little melody. It sounded like "Walk, Don't Run". And he had this little story concerning a band that nobody wanted to listen to. Only a few people show up to hear. So we got together one night after the session and tossed these lyrics around on a napkin and I guess I wound up writing most of the lyrics to the tune. made enough money to buy a new Blazer that year I remember, so... didn't do too bad. It goes like this...". [http://www.billwilsonmusic.net/SultansOfSwing-Bill%20Wilson-1991.mp3]
The album version of the song featured a critically acclaimed extended guitar solo, reaching #22 on "Guitar World"'s list of the greatest guitar solos [ [http://guitar.about.com/library/bl100greatestb.htm 100 Greatest Guitar Solos Part 3: Solos Number 21 - 30] ] and #32 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of greatest guitar songs [ [http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/20947527/the_100_greatest_guitar_songs_of_all_time/print Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time] ] . Knopfler improvised and expanded that solo many times during live performances. One memorable live version of the song came as an 11-minute epic performance at the 1988
Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tributeconcert in Londonwhen Eric Claptonteamed up with the band to play the song.
*This song was often covered live by
alternative metalband System of a Down.
Phishguitarist Trey Anastasiocovered this song periodically on his post-Phish solo tours.
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