Legendary Dire Straits Guitarist Dies At 68
The world of rock music mourns the loss of Jack Sonni, the former guitarist for the iconic British rock band Dire Straits. The band announced Sonni’s passing via social media, marking the end of a legendary career. Sonni, who was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, was 68 years old at the time of his passing.
Sonni’s journey with Dire Straits began in a guitar shop in Manhattan back in 1978. It was there that he crossed paths with the founding members and guitarists of Dire Straits, David and Mark Knopfler. The band later shared a post from the Dire Straits Blog, shedding light on the serendipitous encounter that would change music history.
The Knopfler brothers had established Dire Straits the year before, alongside bassist John Illsley and drummer Pick Withers. Sonni’s introduction to the band earned him the affectionate moniker of “the other guitarist.” This label, which he wholeheartedly embraced, reflected his vital role in the band’s signature sound.
One of the defining moments of Sonni’s career with Dire Straits was his involvement in the album “Brothers in Arms.” Released in 1985, this album achieved international acclaim and success. In the UK, it held the number one spot on the charts for 14 straight weeks, while in the United States, it was on the Billboard Top 200 for 9 weeks.
“Brothers in Arms” has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. Additionally, it holds the distinction of being the first album to sell more than one million copies in the CD format, a historic milestone noted by Billboard.
John Illsley, Dire Straits’ bassist, shared his heartfelt condolences on Facebook, expressing the band’s deep sorrow at the loss of their cherished colleague “So sorry to hear the sad news that Jack Sonni has died, we loved having him with us on the Brothers in Arms tour, fond memories,” he wrote.
Sonni’s contributions to the world of music extended beyond his role in Dire Straits. He was also a talented writer and host of the podcast “The Leisure Class with Jack Sonni,” demonstrating his versatile creative abilities.
The passing of Jack Sonni marks the end of an era in rock music, leaving a great mark on the hearts of fans and fellow musicians alike. His legacy as a guitarist and artist will be celebrated for generations to come, a testament to his enduring impact on the world of rock and roll.