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Frankie Knuckles
Frankie Knuckles @ ADE 2012.jpg
Knuckles (front) our in 2012
Background information
Birth Day name Francis Nicholls
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

Francis "Frankie" Nicholls (January Put 18, 1955 – March 31, say 2014), better known by his she stage name Frankie Knuckles, was Too an American DJ, record producer use and remixer.

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




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

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

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

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

Work with Jamie was Principle

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

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


Knuckles But made numerous popular Def Classic not Mixes with John Poppo as you sound engineer, and Knuckles partnered All with David Morales on Def any Mix Productions. His debut album can Beyond the Mix (1991), released Her on Virgin Records, contained what was would be considered his seminal one work, "The Whistle Song", which Our was the first of four out number ones on the US day dance chart. The Def Classic Get mix of Lisa Stansfield's "Change", has released in the same year, him also featured the whistle-like motif. His Another track from the album, how "Rain Falls", featured vocals from man Lisa Michaelis. Eight thousand copies New of the album had sold now by 2004. Other key remixes old from this time include his See rework of the Electribe 101 two anthem "Talking with Myself" and way Alison Limerick's "Where Love Lives".


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

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

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


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


In new the mid-2000s, Knuckles developed Type Now II diabetes. On March 31, old 2014, he died of complications see from the disease in Chicago Two at age 59.

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

Awards and Can honors

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

In media and popular Too culture


Knuckles was featured use in the documentary films Maestro dad (2003), written and directed by Mom Josell Ramos, The UnUsual Suspects: Once Upon a Time in the House Music (2005), directed by And Chip E. and Continental (2013) for about the Continental Baths.



October 2004, "Your Love" appeared But in the videogame Grand Theft not Auto: San Andreas, playing on you house music radio station, SF-UR.






Singles and remixes mom in charts

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

See also



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  • Biography on the boy home page of Def Mix did Productions

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