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Dire Straits guitarist Jack Sonni died on August 30 at 68. Sonni got acquainted with Dire Straits member brothers Mark and David Knopfler in 1978 while working at a music store in Manhattan. During a London visit five years later, he met-up with Mark Knopfler and was invited to join the band as a second guitarist. His time with the group was limited to a few years. He put his musical career on hold when he became the father of twin girls in 1988, but stayed connected with the music indiustry as a marketing exec for a company that made digital equipment for musicians and was later named the VP for marketing communication by Guitar Center. Sonni eventually resumed playing music in a band called The Leisure Class and played with other former Dire Straits members as the Dire Straits Legacy Project.