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Jack Sonni, guitarist for Dire Straits, dies aged 68

Jack Sonni, former guitarist for British rock band Dire Straits, has died, the group announced on social media.

“#JackSonni Rest In Peace,” the band wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Thursday alongside a black-and-white photograph of the guitarist. He was 68 years old.

Sonni, who was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, met Dire Straits founding members and guitarists David and Mark Knopfler while working at a Manhattan guitar shop in 1978, according to a post on the Dire Straits Blog that was shared by the band. on the social networks.

The Knopflers had founded the band the previous year with bassist John Illsley and drummer Pick Withers. Affectionately known as “the other guitarist” – a label he embraced in his own website biography – Sonni began playing with the band, including on the internationally successful “Brothers in Arms” album and subsequent tour.

The album spent 14 weeks at number one in the UK upon its release in 1985, and nine weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200. The album has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, according to the band’s official website . “Brothers in Arms” is considered the first album to sell more than a million copies in CD format, according to Billboard.

“Sorry to hear the sad news of Jack Sonni’s passing, we loved having him with us on the Brothers in Arms tour, fond memories,” Illsley wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday.

Alongside his music career, Sonni has also been a writer and host of a podcast, “The Leisure Class with Jack Sonni”.

Source: CNN Brasil

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