One of dance music’s most beloved and most respected figures, Frankie Knuckles, has died at the age of 59. He passed away at his home yesterday afternoon. A founding father of the Chicago house scene, Knuckles helped shaped house music during the 70s while holding a residency at Warehouse.
Exact details of Knuckles’ death should emerge today and we do know at the moment that his passing was unexpected. The news has been confirmed by his business partner, Frederick Dunson.
Tributes have been flying in from all over the globe as DJs, musicians and industry figures mourn the death of one of dance music’s most important and prominent stars. Born in the Bronx in 1955, Knuckles first began DJing in New York alongside Larry Levan. He then moved to Chicago in the 1970’s to become the premiere DJ at The Warehouse, the nightclub that would birth the dance music genre “house.” Knuckles then opened up his own club, The Power Plant, in 1983. Knuckles was also a producer on such famous songs as James Power’s “Your Love” and “Baby Wants to Ride.”
I am devastated to write that my dear friend Frankie Knuckles has passed away today. Can’t write anymore than this at the moment. I’m sorry. – David Morales
My prayers go out to one of my dearest friends, mentor, influences and hero’s! Thank you for sharing your time, love, caring and wisdom with us all. I’m still in shock because we just spoke about swp 50. You are the reason we all have house in our heart, With Love, Respect and Admiration. I hope to continue the lessons you taught me in life, I’m gonna miss your humor most of all. Rest in peace, Frankie Knucles. Your love for music started us all – Kerri Chandler
That was a week ago in Miami. Rest in Peace my friend Frankie, you are a true legend. – Bob Sinclair
I have known Frankie for over 20 years and I have had the pleasure to play alongside him many times too at Rave City in Munich in the 90’s and we have been great friends ever since. He is one of my all time favourite DJs and he will be sorely missed by me and the people who love him and his amazing music. We have lost a legend but his music will live on in my heart. R I P my brother. — Carl Cox
Frankie Knuckles | Def Mix @ The Vagabond | Miami | March 2014
House Music is said to have been created by Frankie Knuckles. It came from 1977 in Chicago’s Southside where he was resident DJ at new club called The Warehouse.
He started mixing new Eurobeat pop and old disco classics which gave rise to the new beat. Music from the Warehouse was shortened to ‘House’, and House Music was born.
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