R.I.P. Frankie Knuckles, The Godfather Of House
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.— David Morales (@DJDavidMorales) April 1, 2014
Frankie Warren Knuckles, Jr. (January 18, 1955 – March 31, 2014) was an American DJ, record producer, and remixer. He was born in the Bronx borough of New York City and later moved to Chicago. He played an important role in developing and popularizing house music in Chicago during the 1980s when the genre was being created. In 2005, Knuckles was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievements.
Due to his importance in the development of the genre, he is often known as "The Godfather of House Music"
I believe I met Frankie Knuckles for the first time in '97 (or '98) at the Billboard Dance Music Summit in Chicago, introduced by one of my early mentors, Ramon Wells ....
This picture was taken at the Kingstreet party during the 2008 WMC in Miami
Frankie was the biggest sweetheart, who always made time for you and when I ran into him years later at the now defunct Satellite Records store in NYC I was super surprised that he still remembered who I was! This was most definitely a shaping experience which has stuck with me and which made me realize to always make time and stay in touch with my fans .....