Dire Straits Guitarist Jack Sonni Dies Aged 68

Dire Straits announces ex-guitarist Jack Sonni death on social media.

The band posted a black-and-white picture of the guitarist on Thursday along with the hashtag “Jack Sonni Rest In Peace” on X, formerly known as Twitter. He was 68.

According to a blog entry on the Dire Straits Blog that was posted by the band on social media, Sonni, who was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, met David and Mark Knopfler, who would later become the band’s founding members and guitarists, while working in a guitar store in Manhattan in 1978.

With drummer Pick Withers and bassist John Illsley, The Knopflers started the group the year before.

Sonni began to perform with the band, including for the album “Brothers in Arms,” which shot to international acclaim, and the ensuing tour. He adopted the moniker “the other guitarist” in the biography on his own website.

Following its 1985 debut, the album spent 14 weeks in the UK at number one and nine weeks atop the Billboard Top 200. According to the band’s official website, more than 30 million copies of the record were ultimately sold worldwide. According to Billboard, “Brothers in Arms” holds the distinction of being the first CD album to sell over a million copies.

Illsley posted on Facebook on Thursday, saying, “So sorry to hear the sad news that Jack Sonni has passed away, we loved having him with us on the Brothers in Arms tour, fond memories.”

Sonni had a writing career in addition to his musical one, and he also presented a podcast called “The Leisure Class with Jack Sonni.”

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