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Whither Pick Withers?

Enid BlytonKate MiddletonJacki Weaver… it’s Commonwealth Weekend here at Who2. 

Let’s move on to a more obscure Brit: Pick Withers. He was a founding member of Dire Straits and the drummer on their first four albums. He quit the band to play jazz in 1982, after their “Sultans of Swing” days but before the “Money for Nothing” rockin’ renaissance.

Where is he now? Withers turns 63 on April 4th, and he just hosted An Evening with Pick Withers, showcasing local talent in Liverpool.  Good for him.

In this nostalgic clip from 1979, Pick Withers and the rest of Dire Straits play “Once Upon a Time In the West” at the Rockpalast music festival in Cologne. Frontman Mark Knopfler was still a little rough on the patter, but he sure can play the guitar.

(Thanks to Doug Beeferman for the awesome headline.)

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