► RIP Frankie Knuckles – The Godfather Of House

shockleewebpic_ripfrankieknucklesThe unfortunate news of Frankie Knuckles passing has flooded the music world today as many around the world reflect on the loss of a great influencer and innovator.

In remembrance of Frankie, here is one of his last live DJ sets recorded at the Boiler in Room New York alongside House of House, Juan Maclean & Mike Servito on May 9th 2013. Following that, an in conversation interview with him from the Red Bull Music Academy filmed in Madrid in 2011 and some of his early singles ‘The Whistle Song’, ‘Rain Falls’, ‘Workout’, ‘Baby Wants To Ride’, ‘You Got The love’ and ‘Your Love’.

Frankie Knuckles is known as the godfather of house, but that only scrapes the surface. Born in the Bronx, he grew up through the early days of disco, as a regular at The Loft and The Gallery. He cut his DJ teeth – and a spot of juvenile detention – with Larry Levan, before heading off to Chicago, where he helped shape and design The Warehouse, the club that birthed and named house music before it went onto conquer the world in the late ‘80s, as well as recording some of the greatest music ever to bear its name. He takes us through his 40-year career, from New York to Chicago and back again, via the rest of the world. This is the house that Frankie built.

Gone too soon. RIP Frankie Knuckles.

photo / h/t: rbma

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