feature: r.i.p. house music pioneer frankie knuckles

April 1, 2014

R.I.P. House music pioneer Frankie Knuckles. It is now confirmed that the legendary DJ and producer, dubbed “Chicago’s godfather of house”, died yesterday at age 59. reports: “Knuckles’ longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson, told The Chicago Tribune he had “died unexpectedly this afternoon at home”.
More details would be forthcoming on Tuesday, he added.
No reason has yet been given for his death but several music websites reported Knuckles had died of complications from Type 2 diabetes.
Born in the Bronx, Frankie Warren Knuckles Jr learned his craft in New York City, where he was mentored by club DJ Larry Levan. “We would spend entire afternoons working up ideas on how to present a record so that people would hear it in a new way and fall in love with it,” Knuckles later recalled. “To us it was an art form.”
(…) He was known for remixing tracks by Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, as well as his own songs, such as Your Love and The Whistle Song.”
Check out some of Frankie Knuckles’ best tunes below and feel free to add your own in the comments.