Posted in dance | music on April 1, 2014

Frankie

Details are scarce at this point but 5 Chicago is reporting that house music pioneer Frankie Knuckles has died at age 59, with corroboration from his [90s Def Mix Productions partner David Morales. Though born in The Bronx, it was when Frankie began DJing at The Warehouse in Chicago that a new dance music style was born. From Bob Stanley's Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop:

As disco died out completely and R&B slowed down, Frankie Knuckles started to play reel-to-reel re-edits of old disco records, extending them with the help of a Rhythm Master (the box built into most electric organs to help the suburban Reginald Dixon keep time). A local record store called Imports Etc started to label records with an 'as played at the Warehouse' sticker, which was soon pared back to 'the 'House', and a new genre had been tagged.
Sad, sad news. Frankie, you changed the sound of dance music forever and will be missed. Stream his classic 1987 single "Your Love" below...

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Comments (25)

RIP FRANKIE

THROWING IT DOWN RIGHT UP TO THE END.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 12:05 AM

People dying is not punk, pal.

Posted by Matt Fuller | April 1, 2014 12:18 AM

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Posted by launchx431scanner | April 1, 2014 2:27 AM

RIP You were one of a kind!

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 2:40 AM

House music all night long

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 3:25 AM

I will be spinning Daft Punks Get Lucky on repeat in Frankie's honor today. Rest in Peace buddy, you are a legend.

Posted by Halt Hitman | April 1, 2014 4:31 AM

Crackhead.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 7:29 AM

Girl I'll house U

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 8:16 AM

More than 100 comments is a legend, less than 100 is a footnote.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 8:39 AM

How many comments when Thom Yorke kicks the bucket?

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 9:11 AM

a bunch of his WBMX mixes are up on youtube. they're gnarly. RIP.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 9:22 AM

One of the greatest....R.I.P.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 9:26 AM

RIP in heaven and thanks for all the good times!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 9:32 AM

An absolute legend. RIP.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 9:37 AM

How many comments when the bassist from Speedy Ortiz ODs at a Phish show this summer?

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 9:56 AM

sad

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 12:35 PM

I will always love & honor Frankie!
His music will live on forever!

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 12:41 PM

Never heard of this clown. Next!

Posted by Amy Leigh Fatso | April 1, 2014 1:33 PM

Amy you are a shitty person.

Posted by bv | April 1, 2014 1:46 PM

When u in my hut u know whats up

Posted by Eazy L | April 1, 2014 1:47 PM

this is a music board? disgusting

Posted by last visit | April 1, 2014 1:49 PM

1:33 - Thus destroying any credibility you have, either as a music fan, or otherwise Fat Amy.

Posted by Anonymous | April 1, 2014 2:39 PM

Frankie touched lives far and wide - I got to know him in person via disco shimmy - I heard it and spread it and people who had never heard of him at the time became followers - all thanks to a song that he buried and made for the truest of admirers

Posted by Anonymous | April 2, 2014 6:13 AM

He passed. I only just learned about him a few mins ago I will look more into his music now. RIP´╗┐

Posted by Jake Gray | May 9, 2014 6:08 AM

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