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Born on 24 June 1949, in Leicester, Illsley was the bass player for the British rock band Dire Straits. Introduced to lead singer and guitarist Mark Knopfler by Mark's brother, David Knopfler, Illsley was one of just two original band members remaining when it broke up in 1995.
He also released hist first two albums of his own, Never Told A Soul in 1984 and Glass in 1988. His first album had clear Dire Straits influences, however, his style had notably changed by the second. Mark Knopfler contributed some of the guitar parts on both issues.
Later he released some more solo-albums, incl. a live-album called Live in London. He still tours in smaller club-locations and he plays his own songs and Dire Straits songs, as well.
He is now building a reputation as a talented painter.
Wild West End
Romeo And Juliet
Sultans Of Swing
Walk Of Life
So Far Away
Coming Up For Air
On Every Street
Brothers In Arms
Money For Nothing
Where Do You Think You´re Going