When a new contract was drawn up in 1985, the name Robert Marshal was written out. The deal I had with Mark Knopfler and John Illsley that my share would be put into a company called Straitjacket Music suddenly disappeared and became another puzzle, that in later years would come back to haunt all the conspirators including Robert Allan.
Having contacted a young American Solicitor who had been part of the team drawing up the new contract in 1985. I explained my part to him in writing the lyrics in the Dire Straits and of course Brothers in Arms albums, instead of being surprised or questioning this revelation, like a lot of Mark Knopfler fans do. He seemed rather excited about my return into the fold of being the one who was instrumental in the making of the band Dire Straits?
He immediately sent me the email address and phone number of Robert Allan, however I’d failed to tell him that the reason I’d contacted him, was because Thank You Robert Allan was being rather hesitant about answering my letters, and since he the American Solicitor had helped Allan with the new contract, did the name Robert Marshal strike a chord, and obviously it did.
My letters to Robert Allan must have hit his conscience for he eventually did contact me, but I wont be saying thank you Robert Allan, though he didn’t need the answer, but its hard to turn your back on someone whose made you a fortune and a reputation, eh Mark eh John.