Frankie Knuckles, known to many as ‘the godfather of house music’ is dead at the age of 59.
Frankie Knuckles (January 18, 1955 – March 31, 2014) was an American producer, remixer and DJ. Born in New York City, Knuckles got his start there, then moved to Chicago and was influential in the development of house music in the 80s.
Knuckles died unexpectedly at home, according to his longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson.
Knuckles made his name DJing at Chicago’s Warehouse club. Knuckles was best known for his late 80s and early 90’s house tracks, but also remixed Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Depeche Mode.
Knuckles was active to the end. Here’s a 2003 remix by Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper, Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff:
Here’s a live set by Knuckles from 10/5/2013:
via aymat, 102.7 WBMX, The Chicago Tribune