Born Francis ‘Frankie’ Nicholls on January 18, 1955, Frankie Knuckles is the American DJ, record producer and remixer responsible for, amongst countless hit singles, the #1 Billboard charting single ‘The Whistle Song’ (Virgin Records, 1991)
Considered by many to be The Godfather of House Music, Knuckles played an essential role in the birth and subsequent worldwide popularity of house music in Chicago during the 1980s, when the genre was in its infancy. And in 1997, Knuckles won the Grammy Award for Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical.
In 2004, the city of Chicago named a stretch of street in Chicago after Knuckles, where his old club, the Warehouse once stood on Jefferson Street between Jackson Boulevard and Madison Street. That stretch of road, now called Frankie Knuckles Way, was renamed when the city declared August 25, 2004 as Frankie Knuckles Day. And the Illinois state senator who helped make it all happen was Barack Obama (who, today, formally ended his American presidency).