Today marks the second anniversary of the passing of Frankie Knuckles. The legendary house music icon and Grammy Award-winning DJ/producer left the dance community, unexpectedly, on March 31, 2014 due to complications related to Type II diabetes.
Frankie was one of the most prolific house music producers and remixers of all time, often times credited with bridging the gap between disco and house. The Bronx native once called house music “disco’s revenge,” referring to the American public’s rejection of the genre associated primarily with urban gay minorities.
At his Chicago club residencies at the Warehouse (1977-82) and Power Plant (1983-85), Knuckles’ marathon sets typically featuring his own extended edits of a wide array of tracks from disco to post-punk and R&B to synth-heavy Eurodisco that laid the groundwork for the electronic dance music movement.
Frankie crafted a number of original dance music classics, including but not limited to early Jamie Principle collaborations “Your Love”(1986) and “Baby Wants to Ride“(1987), “Tears” (1989) with Satoshi Tomiiee and Robert Owens and “The Whistle Song“(1991). And his remixes of Chaka Khan’s “Ain’t Nobody”(1989), Sounds of Blackness’s “The Pressure” (1992), and Hercules and Love Affair’s “Blind” (2008) are but a handful of the icon’s most revered creative works.
Today, let us remember Frankie Knuckles’ groundbreaking contributions to dance music through some of his last recorded live DJ sets below.