Diy label: David Knopfler was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to an English mother and a Hungarian Jewish father. Knopfler grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, where he attended Gosforth Grammar School. By age 11, he owned a guitar, a piano and a drum kit, and by age 14, he was playing and singing his own compositions in folk clubs. After attending Bristol Polytechnic, he became a social worker in London, where he shared a flat with John Illsley. David Knopfler's older brother Mark Knopfler also played the guitar. David introduced Mark to John Illsley, a bass guitarist, and after gaining the interest of drummer Pick Withers, the four founded the rock and roll band Dire Straits.