R.I.P. Frankie Knuckles

Frankie Knuckles, the Godfather of House

from Davey D’s Hip-Hop Corner

I’m at a loss words as I’m just getting word that House Music pioneer Frankie Knuckles has passed away..Man this hurts my heart. Known as the Godfather of House, Knuckles who was originally from the Bronx, New York moved to Chicago in the late 70s (1977) and started deejaying at a club called the Warehouse.

It was here that Knuckles introduced a style of deejaying accompanied with emerging uptempo soulful disco. This is not to be confused with the John Travolta/Bee Gees sound popularized in the movie ‘Saturday Night Fever‘ that led to the infamous slogan ‘disco sucks‘ and ironically a disastrous Disco Demolition Night by a notorious rock jock Steve Dahl in Chicago at Comiskey Park. The outcome of that event led to record companies abandoning disco and dance oriented music. The music being pushed by Knuckles survived and prospered.

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6 thoughts on “R.I.P. Frankie Knuckles

  1. RIP, to this gentleman, but i am not a fan of house music. I remember at one place where i used to be employed there were quite a few people living in my city from Chicago, and they were always talking about house music.

  2. I have been a big fan of house music for as long as I can remember, most likely due to chillin’ with my cousins and older kids who used to always bring the latest dance records (and other genres) to my house after school, and practice scratching these records by hand-those were fun days, and Frankie Knuckles is a legend that will be unmatched in this arena for years to come for sure, Rock In Peace good sir!!

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