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Foghorn leg-up for Knopfler.

THE combination of Jimmy Shand's accordion and ships' foghorns on the Clyde were music to the ears of Mark Knopfler.

The Dire Straits singer has admitted that the unusual sounds which inspired his musical life were traditional turn-offs to most folk.

Mark, 60, said: "My earliest memories are lying in my bed at night, listening to the sound of foghorns on the Clyde.

"That, to me, was music and it's what has inspired me through my life."

Motto The musician - who has sold 125million albums - has tried to recapture the spirit of the early 1950s and 1960s in his native Glasgow on Get Lucky, a solo album he has released this week.

There are tributes to the lorry drivers of the Albion Works near his childhood home in Scotstoun, where tradesmen crafted vehicles so reliable the company motto was "Sure As The Sunrise".

And there is an homage to a Scots uncle, who died with his pipes fighting in Ficheux, near Arras, during War World II.

Mark added: "Do we ever get away from our childhood? "Some of the things we're attracted to when we're very small stay with us all our lives."


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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 16, 2009
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