Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler was the latest interview guest of AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson’s A Life On The Road‘s last episode and talked about the inspiration for Sultans Of Swing to Brian.
As you may already know, Sultans of Swing was released back in 1977 and it was considered as one of the best songs of the legendary British rock band. After the great success of the track, Dire Straits has re-recorded the song in 1978 for their debut album.
In the interview Mark talked about the story behind their best song ever and stated that he was an audience of three or four to play a couple of songs and at the end of the night, the announcement guy said ‘we are the sultans of swing’ and that’s the true story behind the name.
Here is what he said:
“I think they were actually surprised they had an audience of three or four. I remember asking them to play ‘Creole Love Call’ or ‘Muskrat Ramble.’… I think they were amazed that somebody was in the pub who actually knew a few of the titles.
I was just there to have a couple of pints. And at the end of the night, the trumpet player or whoever does the announcement says, ‘Well, um, right… That’s it; it’s time to go home.’
And he says, ‘We are the Sultans of Swing.’ And you couldn’t be less a sultan of anything, you know, if you were in that band, on that night, in that pub.”
Here is the caption of the video they have shared:
“Mark tells the story behind ‘Sultans Of Swing’. Taken from an episode of Brian Johnson TV’s Life On The Road series released in 2019, where the AC/DC frontman meets some of the biggest names in rock music. Video clip courtesy of Brian Johnson’s official YouTube channel – link in bio.”
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