Frankie Knuckles, Godfather of House Music, Dead at 59
Published Apr 01, 2014Tragedy has struck the world of dance music with the passing of Frankie Knuckles. The Chicago DJ, a pioneer of house music, has died at the age of 59.
Details of Knuckles' death have not yet been revealed, but his longtime business partner Frederick Dunson confirmed his passing to the Chicago Tribune. Yesterday (March 31), Dunson said that the artist "died unexpectedly this afternoon in his home."
Knuckles is quite literally a forefather of house music. Though he was born in the Bronx and spent his early career DJing in New York, he became a fixture at Chicago's club the Warehouse in 1977. The name of that club was abbreviated to "house," which eventually became its own genre.
In addition to pioneering the movement and producing hits like "Your Love" and "The Whistle Song," Knuckles was also a big-time collaborator. Over the years, he remixed work from Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Depeche Mode, Hercules & Love Affair and many others.
Stay tuned for more information on Knuckles' cause of death.