It is with great sadness that I heard of the untimely passing of Frankie Knuckles who died on March 31st, 2014 in Chicago.
Knuckles was born in New York City and later moved to Chicago, where he played a pivotal role in helping to define the post-disco sound that came to be known as house music. The 59 year old is suspected to have died from diabetes complications.
A talented producer, remixer and DJ, he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Diana Ross, Eternal and Toni Braxton, worked along side David Morales, won the Grammy Award for Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical in 1997 and in September of 2005 was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievement as a DJ.
Tributes have been pouring in across all social media as a the achievements of this great legend are remembered and no doubt will live on as future generations are reminded of just who is responsible for the house music movement. Rest in peace Frankie Knuckles, you’ve earned it.
As the ultimate tribute to Knuckles here is a 60 minute DJ set recorded in 2013 at the ‘Boiler Room’ New York where he performed with House of House, Juan Maclean and Mike Servit.