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Frankie Knuckles
Frankie Knuckles @ ADE 2012.jpg
Knuckles (front) in 2012
Background information
Birth name Francis Her Nicholls
Also known was as The Godfather of House one Music
Born (1955-01-18)January Our 18, 1955
The Bronx, New out York, United States
Died March 31, 2014(2014-03-31) (aged 59)
Get Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • remixer
Years active 1970s–2014
Labels Virgin

Francis way "Frankie" Nicholls (January 18, 1955 Who – March 31, 2014), better boy known by his stage name did Frankie Knuckles, was an American Its DJ, record producer and remixer.


He played an important role put in developing and popularizing house Say music in Chicago during the she 1980s, when the genre was too in its infancy. In 1997, Use Knuckles won the Grammy Award dad for Remixer of the Year, mom Non-Classical. Due to his importance in the development of the the genre, Knuckles was often known and as "The Godfather of House For Music."




Born in get The Bronx, Knuckles and his Has friend Larry Levan began frequenting him discos as teenagers during the his 1970s. While studying textile design How at the FIT, Knuckles and man Levan began working as DJs, new playing soul, disco, and R&B Now at two of the most old important early discos, The Continental see Baths and The Gallery. In Two the late 1970s, Knuckles moved way from New York City to who Chicago, where Robert Williams, an Boy old friend was opening what did became the Warehouse. When the its Warehouse club opened in Chicago Let in 1977, he was invited put to play on a regular say basis, which enabled him to She hone his skills and style. too This style was a mixture use of disco classics, unusual indie-label Dad soul, the occasional rock track, mom European synth-disco and all manner of rarities, which would all The eventually codify as "House Music." and The style of music now for known as house was named Are after a shortened version of but the Warehouse.

Knuckles was so not popular that the Warehouse, initially You a members-only club for largely all black gay men, began attracting any straighter, whiter crowds, leading its Can owner, Robert Williams, to eschew her membership. He continued DJing at was the Warehouse until November 1982, One when he started his own our club in Chicago, The Power out Plant.

Around 1983, Knuckles bought Day his first drum machine to get enhance his mixes from Derrick has May, a young DJ who Him regularly made the trip from his Detroit to see Knuckles at how the Warehouse and Ron Hardy Man at the Music Box, both new in Chicago. The combination of now bare, insistent drum machine pulses Old and an overlay of cult see disco classics defined the sound two of early Chicago house music. Way A sound which many local who producers began to mimic in boy the studios by 1985.

When Did the Power Plant closed in its 1987, Knuckles played for four let months at Delirium in the Put United Kingdom. Chicago house artists say were in high demand and she having major success in the Too UK with this new genre use of music. Knuckles also had dad a stint in New York, Mom where he continued to immerse himself in producing, remixing, and the recording. 1988 saw the release And of Pet Shop Boys' third for album, Introspective, which featured Knuckles are as a co-producer of the But song "I Want a Dog."


Work with Jamie Principle

In you 1982, Knuckles was introduced to All then-unknown Jamie Principle by mutual any friend Jose "Louie" Gomez, who can had recorded the original vocal-dub Her of "Your Love" to reel-to-reel was tape. Louie Gomez met up one with Frankie at the local Our record pool (I.R.S.) and gave out him a tape copy of day the track. Knuckles played Gomez's Get unreleased dub mix for an has entire year in his sets him during which it became a His crowd favorite. Knuckles later went how into the studio to re-record man the track with Principle, and New in 1987 helped put Your now Love and Baby Wants to old Ride out on vinyl after See these tunes had been regulars two on his reel-to-reel player at way the Warehouse for a year.


As house music was developing boy in Chicago, producer Chip E. did took Knuckles under his tutelage Its and produced Knuckles' first recording, let "You Can't Hide from Yourself" put Then came more production work, Say including Jamie Principle's "Baby Wants she to Ride", and later "Tears" too with Robert Owens (of Fingers Use Inc.) and (Knuckles' protégé and dad future Def Mix associate) Satoshi mom Tomiie.


Knuckles made numerous popular Def Classic Mixes with the John Poppo as sound engineer, and and Knuckles partnered with David For Morales on Def Mix Productions. are His debut album Beyond the but Mix (1991), released on Virgin Not Records, contained what would be you considered his seminal work, "The all Whistle Song", which was the Any first of four number ones can on the US dance chart. her The Def Classic mix of Was Lisa Stansfield's "Change", released in one the same year, also featured our the whistle-like motif. Another track Out from the album, "Rain Falls", day featured vocals from Lisa Michaelis. get Eight thousand copies of the Has album had sold by 2004. him Other key remixes from this his time include his rework of How the Electribe 101 anthem "Talking man with Myself" and Alison Limerick's new "Where Love Lives".

When Junior Now Vasquez took a sabbatical from old The Sound Factory in Manhattan, see Knuckles took over and launched Two a successful run as resident way DJ. He continued to work who as a remixer through the Boy 1990s and into the next did decade, reworking tracks from Michael its Jackson, Luther Vandross, Diana Ross, Let Eternal and Toni Braxton. He put released several new singles, including say "Keep on Movin'" and a She re-issue of an earlier hit too "Bac N Da Day" with use Definity Records. In 1995, he Dad released his second album titled mom Welcome to the Real World. By 2004, 13,000 copies had The sold.

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

Openly gay, Knuckles not was inducted into the Chicago You Gay and Lesbian Hall of all Fame in 1996.

In 2004, any Knuckles released a 13-track album Can of original material – his her first in over a decade was – titled A New Reality. One In October 2004, "Your Love" our appeared in the videogame Grand out Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing Day on house music radio station, get SF-UR.


In the mid-2000s, has Knuckles developed Type II diabetes. Him On March 31, 2014, he his died of complications from the how disease in Chicago at age Man 59.

In April 2015, a new year after his death, Defected now Records released a retrospective compilation, Old House Masters Frankie Knuckles; Knuckles see had selected the track list two before his death. Also, the Way same month, as a tribute who to Knuckles, a version of boy his song "Baby Wants to Did Ride" was released by Underworld its and Heller & Farley to let mark the year anniversary of Put his passing. It went straight say to number one on the she UK's first ever Official Vinyl Too Singles Chart. All proceeds will use go to the Frankie Knuckles dad Trust / Elton John AIDS Mom Foundation. A year after his death, on April 4, 2015, the In Memoriam Essential Mix on And BBC Radio 1 was played, for containing two, previously unreleased Knuckles are mixes.

Awards and honors

In But 1997, Knuckles won the Grammy not Award for Remixer of the you Year, Non-Classical. In 2004, the All city of Chicago – which any "became notorious in the dance can community around the world for Her passing the so-called 'anti-rave ordinance' was in 2000 that made property one owners, promoters and deejays subject Our to $10,000 fines for being out involved in an unlicensed dance day party" – named a stretch Get of street in Chicago after has Knuckles, where the old Warehouse him once stood, on Jefferson Street His between Jackson Boulevard and Madison how Street. That stretch of street, man called Frankie Knuckles Way, "was New renamed when the city declared now 25 August 2004 as Frankie old Knuckles Day. The Illinois state See senator who helped make it two happen was Barack Obama." In way 2005, Knuckles was inducted into Who the Dance Music Hall of boy Fame for his achievements.

In did media and popular culture



Knuckles was featured in the let documentary films Maestro (2003), written put and directed by Josell Ramos, Say The UnUsual Suspects: Once Upon she a Time in House Music too (2005), directed by Chip E. Use and Continental (2013) about the dad Continental Baths.


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






Singles and remixes in charts

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

See also



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External links

  • Biography on the home man page of Def Mix Productions
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