A Daily Beat Tribute: RIP Frankie Knuckles

April 1, 2014 -

Sandro Marcos

These days with all the electronic music being posted it's extremely easy to overlook the roots of the genre, and where the music that we all love came from. On March 31st, the godfather of house music, Frankie Knuckles, passed away at age 59. The ripples that this has caused in the industry once news broke out was endless, with tributes coming in from the biggest DJ's all over the world.

Frankie Knuckles wasn't just a DJ, he was THE DJ. In the 70's when disco was on its way down, Knuckles had moved from New York to Chicago, in 1977 he started one of the most prolific residencies that changed the world of music. A small club, which was, at the time, mostly frequented by the gay and black population of Chicago, called the Warehouse hired Frankie to be a resident DJ. His DJ sets included a grittier sound to disco, something more industrial, yet still with the soul element intact. Because of the huge effect Frankie was having on the music scene in Chicago at the time, people started going to record stores and asking for 'the warehouse music', which then got shortened to house music.

People today tend to take for granted the origins that this music scene was built on, without the foundations that Frankie Knuckles had created, dance music might be a completely different sound in its entirety. From this scene that emerged in Chicago, detroit techno followed (invented by Derrick May, whom Frankie Knuckles bought his first drum machine from) , drum & bass followed, and every other sub- genre, along with the popular music that we hear today was born. He was a true tastemaker.

We at Daily Beat are deeply saddened for the loss of Frankie Knuckles, and offer our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Either way we have no doubt that Frankie is making everyone in heaven dance non stop. His legacy will live on. May he rest in peace.

Here are some Tracks to remember him by:


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