The Magic Bubble were a brother-and-sister act from Hamilton, Ontario who were apparently a popular attraction on the Ontario club scene when they cut their one and only album in 1969 – the liner notes include a ringing endorsement from none other than the vice president of the Ontario Restaurant Association, who attests to their local popularity. The female half of the Magic Bubble, Rita Rondell, would later change her name to Rita Chiarelli and became a well-respected blues artist, but for the most part this album is solid but lightweight folk-rock with touches of psychedelia and occasional flirtations with harder rock sounds.
Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in London in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion). The band became one of the world's best-selling music artists, with records sales of over 100 million. Their first hit single "Sultans of Swing", from their self-titled debut album, reached the top ten in the UK and US charts in 1978. They released hit singles in the 1980s, such as "Private Investigations" (1983), "Money for Nothing" (1985), and "Walk of Life" (1985). Their most commercially successful album was Brothers in Arms (1985), which has sold more than 30 million copies and was the first album to sell a million copies on the compact disc (CD) format. Dire Straits' sound was drawn from a variety of musical influences, including jazz, folk, and country, though mainly from the blues-rock of J. J. Cale.