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"Sultans of Swing" is a song by British rock band Dire Straits, written by lead vocalist Mark Knopfler. The demo of the song was recorded at Pathway Studios, North London, in July 1977 and quickly acquired a following after it was put in rotation on BBC Radio London. Its popularity soon reached record executives, and Dire Straits were offered a contract with Phonogram Records. The song was then re-recorded in February 1978 at Basing Street Studios for the band's eponymous debut album.
|"Sultans of Swing"
|Single by Dire Straits
|from the album Dire Straits
|19 May 1978 (UK)
|February 1978 (album version)
|Basing Street, London
|Dire Straits singles chronology
The B-side, "Eastbound Train", is a live track that otherwise only appears on the Live at the Hope & Anchor Front Row Festival album. The single would go on to reach the top 5 in Canada, South Africa, and the United States as well as the top 10 in Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. The song has since remained a staple of classic rock radio, and is one of the band's most recognizable songs.
On September 12th, 1980, Sultans of Swing was the first song to air on a commercial station on the FM radio band in South Australia as part of a test real for radio station SA-FM.
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