Frankie Knuckles, ‘Godfather of House Music’, dies at 59

Frankie Knuckles, known as the ‘Godfather of Chicago House Music’ that flooded the club scene in the 70s and 80s, has died.

He would go on to work with major artists like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Depeche Mode.

House music got its name from the music that Knuckles played at the warehouse dance club.

A stretch of Jefferson Street, between Jackson and Madison, was named after him 10 years ago.

Knuckles was 59-years-old when he died at his home Monday.

A cause of death was not released.

 

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  • Mr. C

    Frankie Knuckles Is In The House.
    Thanks so much for all the memories I still have which only feels like yesterday. I was privileged to have been able to have lived my teens and 20′ something years in Chicago.
    On every weekend, no matter what the season was. We where able to pile in the car and go to the clubs to see Frankie and the other talented DJ’s in action of making a iconic part of American music.
    While a wide spread part of the world now knows and dances to House Music now, it is because of talented men & women like Frankie Knuckles.
    Thanks again for all the past, present and future memories, may you rest in peace.

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