BY OCCUPY THE DISCO / JOSH APPELBAUM
David Morales: 'Frankie's Tune'
One year ago, the world lost the man affectionately known as “the godfather of house music,” Frankie Knuckles. With five singles hitting #1 on the Billboard dance charts, including “Tears” and “The Whistle Song,” and dozens of hit remixes for artists like Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton, and Lisa Stansfield, Knuckles’ impact was felt not only the airwaves but in the clubs. He was one of the pioneers of house music along with childhood friend Larry Levan, and the phenomenon they created with their music transcended gay, straight, black or white clubs, uniting many under a shared love for this new dance music.
Frankie was part of a collective called Def Mix with long time friend David Morales. In tribute to his late friend, Morales has released ‘Frankie’s Tune,’ a beautiful, soulful house track true to the style that Morales and Knuckles crafted together in their many years of producing. Tamra Keenan provides vocals on the track, backed by the signature Def Mix piano and percussion. It’s a tender reminder that house music isn’t just bass and beats, but can be a rather lush form of music from the soul, a legacy that Frankie was instrumental in fostering.
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