“A genuine guitar enthusiast who loved to play, jam, and talk guitars and amps all day”: Dire Straits’ ‘other guitarist’ Jack Sonni passes away, aged 68

Dire Straits bassist ohn Illsley (left) and guitarist Jack Sonni Jack Sonni (right)
(Image credit: Duncan Raban / Popperfoto / Getty Images)

Jack Sonni, best known for his time as Dire Straits rhythm guitarist on the Brothers In Arms album cycle, has passed away, aged 68.

Sonni was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania in 1954 and showed an early aptitude for music, playing piano and trumpet, before moving on to the guitar. He later relocated to New York in 1977 and studied under the tuition of sometime Steeley Dan man and session legend, Elliot Randall.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.