Clubland Mourns the Loss of DJ Frankie Knuckles
Clubland lost one of its most celebrated luminaries Monday. Grammy Award-winning DJ / Remixer / Producer Frankie Knuckles known as the "Godfather of House Music" passed away at age 59.
A native of the Bronx, NY, Knuckles catapulted to early stardom in the 1970’s spinning with his childhood friend Larry Levan at New York’s legendary Continental Baths. While Levan took his distinctive style to the famed Paradise Garage, Knuckles moved west to become the premier DJ in Chicago where he spun at The Warehouse nicknamed "the house." Knuckle’s style at the house would give a name to a new genre of music.
Knuckles would remain in Chicago. In 2004, the city renamed a stretch of Jefferson Street by the site of the former Warehouse"The Godfather of House Music" Frankie Knuckles Way.
News of Knuckles’ death hit social media Monday night where eulogies by fellow DJ’s and promoters were posted to Facebook and Twitter.
Fellow DJ David Morales took to Twitter to say:
I am devastated to write that my dear friend Frankie Knuckles has passed away today. Can’t write anymore than this at this moment. I’m sorry.
DJ Morabito took to her Facebook page to say:
My heart is heavy with the loss of an extraordinary talent, and a kind and gentle soul. With fond memories and much respect always, R.I.P. Frankie!
New York City nightlife promoter Chip Ducket wrote this on his Facebook page:
Frankie Knuckles. Legend. Changed the face of dance music. All-around good guy. And my downstairs neighbor in our building on Third Street in the East Village in the 80’s. Never without a smile and a friendly chat, and not just about club stuff. Can’t believe he’s gone. Tonight, and tomorrow, and the next day, go out wherever you are and dance. Celebrate his life forever.
DJ Warren Gluck wrote:
One of our own Maestros has passed. Frankie Knuckles you will be sorely missed...
DJ David Knapp wrote:
Frankie Knuckles was one of my three main personal influences and colleagues, along with Danny T and Junior. He always received me and others in his booth in such a gracious way, and he focused on the music and letting what he did speak for itself, and less on the rivalries and politics. When he held his residency at the Sound Factory, we would wait for him to play then unreleased Robert Owens’ "I’ll Be Your Friend" and an abundance of other trademark tracks.
Frankie..."I’ll Be Your Friend....To The End". Love you!