R.I.P. Frankie Knuckles, the Godfather of House Music
by Mari Stauffer
On March 31, the world dimmed, as we lost a true music legend and pioneer, Frankie Knuckles. Known as the Godfather of House Music, Knuckels was a record producer, DJ, remixer and immensely important figure in the developing house music scene in Chicago during the 1980s. Countless seasoned DJs and producers can attest to that, many stating that they (as well as the state of house music, for that matter) wouldn’t be where they are now if it weren’t for Frankie Knuckles.
Knuckles was known for being extremely supportive and enthusiastic when interacting with DJs who were just starting out. His talent as a producer and DJ was the genuine thing. He created tracks that became iconic in the house music movement and truly helped shape the essential building blocks of the genre. You can’t help but dance and feel good listening to his music!
Kudos to the city of Chicago for recognizing his importance by naming a stretch of Jefferson street Frankie Knuckles Way and declaring August 25th Frankie Knuckles Day (with the help of then Illinois state senator Barack Obama).
Knuckles even made an impression in the more mainstream music world as a remixer of many popular artists including Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. In 1997 he won a Grammy Award for “Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical” and was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
Rest In Peace, Frankie Knuckles, and thank you, your spirit lives on in the music.
Frankie Knuckles – The Whistle Song
Frankie Knuckles Boiler Room NYC DJ Set