Jack Sonni, a former member of Dire Straits, died in the US on August 31, 2023, at the age of 68, as confirmed by the band.

The bank in a tweet wrote, “#JackSonni Rest In Peace”. 

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Who was Jack Sonni?

Jack Sonni was an American writer, musician, and marketing executive. He was born on December 9, 1954, and died on August 31, 2023, at the age of 68. When Dire Straits released Brothers in Arms, Sonni was best known as “the other guitarist” in the group.

Cause of death-

As per media reports, the cause of death has not been reported and disclosed by the family as of now.

Net worth-

Guitarist Jack Sonni has an estimated net worth of around $5 million, as of 2023, as per multiple media reports.

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Jack Sonni was born on December 9, 1954. He died at the age of 68.


Sonni left the University of Connecticut, where he was majoring in literature, to enroll in the Hartford Conservatory of Music due to his passion for the guitar. Elliott Randall, a New York session guitarist who later served as Sonni’s mentor, was first introduced to him after graduating. Sonni was persuaded by Randall to relocate to New York City and start his career there.

Jack Sonni began working at Alex Music on 48th Street in Manhattan in late 1977. He relocated to Rudy’s Music Stop in 1978, when he first met Mark Knopfler and then David Knopfler of Dire Straits. Rudy’s Music Stop is run by luthier Rudy Pensa.

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After David and Hal Lindes departed the band in 1984, Sonni visited the Knopflers in London. He was then invited to join them for the recording of their album Brothers in Arms. Sonni agreed and contributed to the tune “The Man’s Too Strong” by playing a guitar synthesizer. Additionally, on July 13, 1985, at Wembley Stadium, he performed with the band.