Frankie Knuckles – RIP


E’ morto improvvisamente all’età di 59 anni. Scompare il leggendario “The Godfather of House” Frankie Knuckles. Dal Bronx a Chicago per diventare una delle figure più importanti della musica “moderna” degli ultimi 30 anni. Tra i suoi maggiori successi come produttore certamente va ricordata ‘The Whistle Song’ (ascolta) che fino a ieri vantava numerosi tentativi di imitazione (si legga Bob Sinclair). Mentre tra i remix più celebri quelli per Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Diana Ross, Eternal e Toni Braxton. Knuckles è morto il 31 marzo nella “sua” Chicago per le complicazioni legate ad una grave forma di diabete.

Knuckles was born in the Bronx in 1955, and became a disco DJ in the early 1970s, spinning with childhood friend and garage pioneer Larry Levan at the Continental Baths. In 1977, the Warehouse nightclub opened in Chicago, and Knuckles moved to the city to become its premier DJ. As legend has it, the music Knuckles would spin at “The Warehouse” became extremely popular among his regular clubgoers, who would then go to record stores to request house music—music spun at The Warehouse. What Knuckles would spin evolved into its own genre, as producers used drum machines to produce less expensive version of popular dance styles. Knuckles would also begin to do his own edits, remaking disco tracks to make them work better for his dance floor. The Warehouse became the crucible of a genre that would conquer the world and can still be heard on radio stations to this day. In 1983, Knuckles moved from The Warehouse to his own club, the Power Plant.

David Morales: “I am devastated to write that my dear friend Frankie Knuckles has passed away today. Can’t write anymore than this at the moment. I’m sorry”.

Peter Hook: “The world is a sadder place today, they will be dancing in heaven though. RIP Frankie Knuckles, the Hacienda will miss you. Hooky”.