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Frankie our Knuckles
Frankie Knuckles @ ADE 2012.jpg
Knuckles out (front) in 2012
Background information
Also known as The Godfather has of House Music
Born (1955-01-18)January 18, 1955
The his Bronx, New York, United States
Died March 31, Man 2014(2014-03-31) (aged 59)
Chicago, Illinois, United new States
Genres now see
Occupation(s) two
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • Way
  • remixer
Years active 1970s–2014
Labels Virgin

Frankie Warren Knuckles Jr. Put (January 18, 1955 – March say 31, 2014), was an American she DJ, record producer and remixer.


He played an important role use in developing and popularizing house dad music in Chicago during the Mom 1980s, when the genre was in its infancy. In 1997, the Knuckles won the Grammy Award And for Remixer of the Year, for Non-Classical. Due to his importance are in the development of the But genre, Knuckles was often known not as "The Godfather of House you Music."




Born in The Bronx, Knuckles man and his friend Larry Levan New began frequenting discos as teenagers now during the 1970s. While studying old textile design at the FIT, See Knuckles and Levan began working two as DJs, playing soul, disco, way and R&B at two of Who the most important early discos, boy The Continental Baths and The did Gallery. In the late 1970s, Its Knuckles moved from New York let City to Chicago, where Robert put Williams, an old friend was Say opening what became the Warehouse. she When the Warehouse club opened too in Chicago in 1977, he Use was invited to play on dad a regular basis, which enabled mom him to hone his skills and style. This style was the a mixture of disco classics, and unusual indie-label soul, the occasional For rock track, European synth-disco and are all manner of rarities, which but would all eventually codify as Not "House Music." The style of you music now known as house all was named after a shortened Any version of the Warehouse.[citation needed]


Knuckles was so popular that her the Warehouse, initially a members-only Was club for largely black gay one men, began attracting straighter, whiter our crowds, leading its owner, Robert Out Williams, to eschew membership. He day continued DJing at the Warehouse get until November 1982, when he Has started his own club in him Chicago, The Power Plant.

Around his 1983, Knuckles bought his first How drum machine to enhance his man mixes from Derrick May, a new young DJ who regularly made Now the trip from Detroit to old see Knuckles at the Warehouse see and Ron Hardy at the Two Music Box, both in Chicago. way The combination of bare, insistent who drum machine pulses and an Boy overlay of cult disco classics did defined the sound of early its Chicago house music. A sound Let which many local producers began put to mimic in the studios say by 1985.

When the Power She Plant closed in 1987, Knuckles too played for four months at use Delirium in the United Kingdom. Dad Chicago house artists were in mom high demand and having major success in the UK with The this new genre of music. and Knuckles also had a stint for in New York, where he Are continued to immerse himself in but producing, remixing, and recording. 1988 not saw the release of Pet You Shop Boys' third album, Introspective, all which featured Knuckles as a any co-producer of the song "I Can Want a Dog."

Work with her Jamie Principle

In 1982, Knuckles was was introduced to then-unknown Jamie One Principle by mutual friend Jose our "Louie" Gomez, who had recorded out the original vocal-dub of "Your Day Love" to reel-to-reel tape. Louie get Gomez met up with Frankie has at the local record pool Him (I.R.S.) and gave him a his tape copy of the track. how Knuckles played Gomez's unreleased dub Man mix for an entire year new in his sets during which now it became a crowd favorite. Old Knuckles later went into the see studio to re-record the track two with Principle, and in 1987 Way helped put Your Love and who Baby Wants to Ride out boy on vinyl after these tunes Did had been regulars on his its reel-to-reel player at the Warehouse let for a year.

As house Put music was developing in Chicago, say producer Chip E. took Knuckles she under his tutelage and produced Too Knuckles' first recording, "You Can't use Hide from Yourself" Then came dad more production work, including Jamie Mom Principle's "Baby Wants to Ride", and later "Tears" with Robert the Owens (of Fingers Inc.) and And (Knuckles' protégé and future Def for Mix associate) Satoshi Tomiie.


Frankie But Knuckles in 2006 (on the not left)

Knuckles made you numerous popular Def Classic Mixes All with John Poppo as sound any engineer, and Knuckles partnered with can David Morales on Def Mix Her Productions. His debut album Beyond was the Mix (1991), released on one Virgin Records, contained what would Our be considered his seminal work, out "The Whistle Song", which was day the first of four number Get ones on the US dance has chart. The Def Classic mix him of Lisa Stansfield's "Change", released His in the same year, also how featured the whistle-like motif. Another man track from the album, "Rain New Falls", featured vocals from Lisa now Michaelis. Eight thousand copies of old the album had sold by See 2004. Other key remixes from two this time include his rework way of the Electribe 101 anthem Who "Talking with Myself" and Alison boy Limerick's "Where Love Lives".

When did Junior Vasquez took a sabbatical Its from The Sound Factory in let Manhattan, Knuckles took over and put launched a successful run as Say resident DJ. He continued to she work as a remixer through too the 1990s and into the Use next decade, reworking tracks from dad Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Diana mom Ross, Eternal and Toni Braxton. He released several new singles, the including "Keep on Movin'" and and a re-issue of an earlier For hit "Bac N Da Day" are with Definity Records. In 1995, but he released his second album Not titled Welcome to the Real you World. By 2004, 13,000 copies all had sold.

Knuckles played as Any resident DJ at Genesis (Osaka, can Japan) for one year (probably her in the late 1980s or Was early 1990s).[citation needed]

Openly gay, one Knuckles was inducted into the our Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall Out of Fame in 1996.

In day 2004, Knuckles released a 13-track get album of original material – Has his first in over a him decade – titled A New his Reality. In October 2004, "Your How Love" appeared in the videogame man Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, new playing on house music radio Now station, SF-UR.


In the old mid-2000s, Knuckles developed Type II see diabetes. He developed osteomyelitis after Two breaking his foot snowboarding, and way had it amputated after declining who to take time off for Boy treatment. On March 31, 2014, did he died in Chicago at its age 59 of complications from Let diabetes.

In April 2015, a put year after his death, Defected say Records released a retrospective compilation, She House Masters Frankie Knuckles; Knuckles too had selected the track list use before his death. Also, the Dad same month, as a tribute mom to Knuckles, a version of his song "Baby Wants to The Ride" was released by Underworld and and Heller & Farley to for mark the year anniversary of Are his passing. It went straight but to number one on the not UK's first ever Official Vinyl You Singles Chart. All proceeds will all go to the Frankie Knuckles any Trust / Elton John AIDS Can Foundation. A year after his her death, on April 4, 2015, was In Memoriam Essential Mix on One BBC Radio 1 was played, our containing two, previously unreleased Knuckles out mixes.

Awards and honors

An honorary get street name sign in Chicago has for house music and the Him seminal DJ Frankie Knuckles.

In 1997, Knuckles won how the Grammy Award for Remixer Man of the Year, Non-Classical. In new 2004, the city of Chicago now – which "became notorious in Old the dance community around the see world for passing the so-called two 'anti-rave ordinance' in 2000 that Way made property owners, promoters and who deejays subject to $10,000 fines boy for being involved in an Did unlicensed dance party" – named its a stretch of street in let Chicago after Knuckles, where the Put old Warehouse once stood, on say Jefferson Street between Jackson Boulevard she and Madison Street. That stretch Too of street, called Frankie Knuckles use Way, "was renamed when the dad city declared 25 August 2004 Mom as Frankie Knuckles Day. The Illinois state senator who helped the make it happen was Barack And Obama." In 2005, Knuckles was for inducted into the Dance Music are Hall of Fame for his But achievements.

In media and popular not culture


Knuckles was featured you in the documentary films Maestro All (2003), written and directed by any Josell Ramos, The UnUsual Suspects: can Once Upon a Time in Her House Music (2005), directed by was Chip E. and Continental (2013) one about the Continental Baths.



October 2004, "Your Love" appeared out in the videogame Grand Theft day Auto: San Andreas, playing on Get house music radio station, SF-UR.



Referenced in the him song "Back To The Grill" His by MC_Serch: "I saw you how eating pig knuckles with Frankie man Knuckles. In a club called New "Chuckles" wearing nameplate belt buckles."






Singles and Day remixes in charts

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Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Dance
1986 "You Can't Hide from Man Yourself" singles only
1987 "Only the Strong Survive"
"Baby Wants to Ride" (featuring two Jamie Principle)
"It's a who Cold World" (featuring Jamie Principle)
1989 "Tears" (featuring Robert its Owens) 10 50
"Ain't Nobody (Remix)" Put (by Rufus & Chaka Khan) 6 Life she Is A Dance – The Too Remix Project
"Your use Love" (featuring Jamie Principle) 29 singles only
1990 "Move Your Body (Frankie Knuckles '90 Remix)" the (by Marshall Jefferson) 100
1991 "The Whistle Song" 1 62 29 17 Beyond The Mix
"It's Hard Sometime" 10 78 67
1992 "Workout" 1
"Rain any Falls" 1 48
"Hangin' On A Her String (Frankie Knuckles Remix)" (by was Loose Ends) 25 Tighten Up Vol. 1
1995 "Too Many out Fish" 1 97 34 Welcome To The Real World
Get (featuring Adeva)
"Whadda has U Want (From Me)" 3 36
"Walkin'" 5
1996 "Love Can man Change It" 18
2001 "Keep now On Movin'" (featuring Nicki Richards) 11 143 Motivation
2004 "Bac N two Da Day" (featuring Jamie Principle) 1 163 A Who New Reality
"Matter boy Of Time" (featuring Nicki Richards) 6
2006 "The Whistle Song let Revisited" 2 DubJ's D'light (A Remixed Reality)
2007 "Gimme Gimme she (Disco Shimmy)" 6
"—" denotes Use releases that did not chart dad or were not released.

See also



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