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FEATURE: R.I.P. House music pioneer Frankie Knuckles

R.I.P. House music pioneer Frankie Knuckles. It is now confirmed that the legendary DJ and producer, dubbed "Chicago's godfather of house", died yesterday at age 59.
BBC.com reports: "Knuckles' longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson, told The Chicago Tribune he had "died unexpectedly this afternoon at home".
More details would be forthcoming on Tuesday, he added.
No reason has yet been given for his death but several music websites reported Knuckles had died of complications from Type 2 diabetes.
Born in the Bronx, Frankie Warren Knuckles Jr learned his craft in New York City, where he was mentored by club DJ Larry Levan. "We would spend entire afternoons working up ideas on how to present a record so that people would hear it in a new way and fall in love with it," Knuckles later recalled. "To us it was an art form."
(...) He was known for remixing tracks by Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, as well as his own songs, such as Your Love and The Whistle Song."
Check out some of Frankie Knuckles' best tunes below and feel free to add your own in the comments.









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Comment by Da' Bladewielder on April 7, 2014 at 12:22am

My Crew We danced to the Master Frankie at the Park West in Chicago in the 80's...He was S00000 COOOLLL he was mentioned on an episode of Absolutely Fabulous in the 90's!!!!!  RIP (Rock'n In Paradise) Master DJ Frankie Knuckles!!!!

Comment by boot-cheese-3000 on April 3, 2014 at 12:18pm

Benji B has a tribute show dedicated to Frankie Knuckles this week, he had him on his show last year and is rebroadcasting that interview. Here's the link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03z2q5n

enjoy your weekend y'all.

Comment by BK_Malik on April 2, 2014 at 10:28pm

R>I>P Frankie Knucks, you'll always be remembered as one of the best to ever rock the wheels...

Comment by Milo Mojo on April 2, 2014 at 6:01pm

Thank you for the good times!

Comment by Mawsi on April 2, 2014 at 4:30pm
Sad...
Comment by boot-cheese-3000 on April 2, 2014 at 3:01pm

DAMN. R.I.P big homie.

Comment by Ketina on April 2, 2014 at 1:58pm

R.I.P Frankie knuckles. This sucks!

Comment by sewbutterfly on April 1, 2014 at 11:50pm
Chicago native who is a Househead that grew up with this in the 80s! Who remembers The Warehouse?!
Comment by chettachatta on April 1, 2014 at 12:02pm

Original house head, used to listen to him back in the 80's (the beginning). I encourage you to go back to the beginning and listen to his music not all these spin off's of house...yet i Digress.


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