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Francis Warren Nicholls, Jr. (January 18, 1955 – March 31, 2014), better known as Frankie Knuckles. He played an important role in developing and popularizing house music in Chicago during the 1980s, when the genre was in its infancy. Due to his importance in the development of the genre, Frankie was rightfully known as “The Godfather of House Music.”
Born in The Bronx, Knuckles and his friend Larry Levan started to hit up the NYC discos of the 1970s. Knuckles and Levan began working as DJs, playing soul, disco, and R&B at two of the most important early discos, The Continental Baths and The Gallery. In the late 1970s, Knuckles moved from New York City to Chicago, When the the nightclub called Warehouse opened in Chicago (in 1977) he was invited to play on a regular basis, which enabled him to hone his skills and style. This style was a mixture of disco classics, unusual indie-label soul, the occasional rock track, European synth-disco and all manner of rarities, which would all eventually codify as “House Music”. The style of music now known as house was named after a shortened version of the Warehouse. Below you’ll find some of my favorite (and most important) Frankie Knuckles tracks & remixes.
Red Bull Music Academy / 10 Mixes: A Guide to Frankie Knuckles
Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame:
Thank you for all the wonderful music Frankie.
Frankie Knuckles: Your Love Released 1986 / Label: Trax
Frankie Knuckles: Baby Wants To Ride Released: 1987 / Label: Trax
Fingers Inc. – Distant Planet (Universal Mix) Released: 1988 / Label: Jack Trax
Frankie Knuckles: The Whistle Song Released: 1991 / Label: Virgin
Frankie Knuckles presents Satoshi Tomiie: Tears Released 1989 / Label: FFRR (Full Frequency Range Recordings)
Rufus & Chaka Khan Ain’t Nobody (Hallucinogenic Version) Released: 1989 / Label: Warner Brothers
Hercules and Love Affair – Blind (Frankie Knuckles Dub) Released: 2008 / Label: DFA
Michael Jackson – Rock With You (Frankie Knuckles Remix) Released: 1985 / Label: Epic
Honorable mention goes to..
Depeche Mode – Wrong (Frankie Knuckles Vocal Dub)
Watch an Unearthed 30-Minute Frankie Knuckles Interview:
Watch an ‘Unsung’ Documentary Profiling Frankie Knuckles and the Birth of House Music:
Behind-the-Scenes of a New Exhibition Celebrating the Life of Frankie Knuckles:
The Story of Jamie Principle and Frankie Knuckles’ “Your Love,” The Sexiest Dance Cut of All Time:
Credit: Wikipedia contributors