Hal Lindes

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Hal Lindes
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Hal Lindes performing with Dire Straits in Newcastle City Hall
Background information
Birth nameHal Andrew Lindes
Born (1953-06-30) 30 June 1953 (age 66)
Monterey, California United States
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, film scorer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Associated actsDire Straits

Hal Andrew Lindes (born June 30, 1953 in Monterey, California) is an American-English guitarist and film score composer.

In 1979, he played guitar with the rock group Darling. Signed to Charisma Records, they released the single "Do You Wanna" (written by Lindes) and published the album Put It Down To Experience the same year.

Lindes is probably best known for his work as a full-time member with rock band Dire Straits from 1980 until 1985.[citation needed]

Dire Straits (1980-1985)[edit]

Hal Andrew Lindes became a full-time member of Dire Straits at the end of 1980, shortly after the release of the group's third album, Making Movies. He replaced original co-founding member and rhythm guitarist David Knopfler. During Lindes’ tenure with the group, Dire Straits grew from playing small clubs to performing in sold out stadiums.[citation needed] Lindes toured with Dire Straits while they were promoting Making Movies and remained with the band while they recorded their fourth album, 1982's Love Over Gold. Lindes was also with the band for the EP titled ExtendedancEPlay released in early 1983, which included the hit single “Twisting by the Pool”.

Also during 1982 and 1983, Dire Straits’ frontman Mark Knopfler was involved with composing the music score for David Puttnam's film Local Hero, in which Lindes also performed. It was at this point that he discovered a passion for composing film soundtracks.[citation needed] Lindes toured with Dire Straits for their 1982-1983 Love over Gold Tour. The band's double live album Alchemy: Dire Straits Live was a recording of excerpts from the final two concerts from that tour at London's Hammersmith Odeon in July 1983, featuring Lindes, and was released in March 1984.

In early 1985, while Dire Straits were recording tracks for their Brothers In Arms album, Lindes left the band to compose film soundtracks and work as a session musician.[citation needed]

Film scores and other work (1985-present)[edit]

Lindes with Dire Straits in June, 1981

Since his departure from Dire Straits, Hal Lindes has composed music for films, and has won a Royal Television Society Award for the BAFTA award nominated film Reckless and a TRIC award for Best TV Theme Music.[citation needed] Lindes composed the soundtrack to The Boys Are Back,[1] a Miramax film directed by Scott Hicks and starring Clive Owen, in which his guitar score is paired with songs by Sigur Rós, Ray Lamontagne and Carla Bruni.[2]

In 1989, Hal Lindes teamed up with rock singer Fish to contribute guitar to his debut solo album following his departure from Marillion. Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors was released in January 1990, and Lindes co-wrote three songs on the album and played guitar on most of the album's tracks.


  1. ^ "The Boys Are Back - Hal Lindes | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Discography". Hal Lindes. Retrieved 2011-02-12.

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