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'Godfather of House Music' Frankie Knuckles Dead at 59

It's a terribly sad day for music as House music pioneer Frankie Knuckles has died at 59, Rolling Stone reports:

KnucklesNobody can agree on who invented the blues or birthed rock & roll, but there is no question that house music came from Frankie Knuckles, who died Monday afternoon of as-yet-undisclosed causes at age 59. One of the Eighties and Nineties' most prolific house music producers and remixers, Knuckles is, hands down, one of the dozen most important DJs of all time. At his Chicago clubs the Warehouse (1977-82) and Power Plant (1983-85), Knuckles’ marathon sets, typically featuring his own extended edits of a wide selection of tracks from disco to post-punk, R&B to synth-heavy Eurodisco, laid the groundwork for electronic dance music culture—all of it.

Knuckles made an abundant number of dance classics, including early Jamie Principle collaborations "Your Love"(1986) and "Baby Wants to Ride"(1987); "Tears"(1989), with Satoshi Tomiiee and Robert Owens; "The Whistle Song"(1991); and his remixes of Chaka Khan’s "Ain’t Nobody"(1989), Sounds of Blackness’s "The Pressure" (1992), and Hercules and Love Affair’s "Blind" (2008).

More from the Chicago Tribune here.


Frankie Knuckles - WBMX Friday Night Jams 1986 by Sarah Davies on Mixcloud

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  1. RIP, a legend.

    Posted by: EO | Apr 1, 2014 7:48:28 AM

  2. I'll guess drugs.

    Posted by: RICK | Apr 1, 2014 8:16:11 AM

  3. actually, it was complications from diabetes. but nice try trolling, Rick.

    Posted by: EO | Apr 1, 2014 8:22:39 AM

  4. So many memories of dancing to Frankie's music. An incredible loss to the music world.

    Posted by: Jim in TO | Apr 1, 2014 9:14:31 AM

  5. Wow, i just finally got to meet him when he made an appearance to promote a new album. Got the signed record hanging on my wall so I can see it every day. Incredible artist who will really be missed.
    Unlike troll Rick above who we will be better without. Screw you Rick.

    Posted by: Tony | Apr 1, 2014 9:37:55 AM

  6. A Sad moment for music.

    Posted by: zeddy | Apr 1, 2014 10:19:55 AM

  7. Never even heard of him until today.

    Posted by: Killian | Apr 1, 2014 11:17:37 AM

  8. A legend, and anyone who has ever enjoyed throwing four on the floor owes a significant piece of their happiness to his influence.

    Posted by: Bip | Apr 1, 2014 11:32:55 AM

  9. What sad, sad, news. The man was a master DJ. R.I.P., Frankie, and thank you for some very memorable, enjoyable nights on the dance floor.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 1, 2014 12:04:11 PM

  10. The episode of AbFab that featured Kate O'Mara as Patsy's sister was set on New Year's Eve and was structured around going to see Frankie Knuckles. It's strange we lost them both this week.

    Posted by: Jeff | Apr 1, 2014 12:27:23 PM

  11. @Killian:

    Because you're twelve.

    Posted by: Jerry | Apr 1, 2014 3:15:17 PM

  12. Sad, sad news. One of our communities best. A gentle and kind man with an immense talent that touched millions.

    Posted by: JT | Apr 1, 2014 3:50:45 PM

  13. Forgive me for not knowing who he was. Wikepedia says he is an LGBT. Ruling out lesbian, that means he was either gay, bisexual or transgendered. People on this website would probably be interested to know which one. In any case, RIP.

    Posted by: Patrick | Apr 1, 2014 5:41:29 PM

  14. RIP

    dancing to your music and mixes always warmed my heart.

    Posted by: don't a tell la | Apr 2, 2014 4:45:41 AM

  15. He will be greatly missed

    Posted by: CC | Apr 3, 2014 6:59:00 AM

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