Happy Frankie Knuckles Day!
25th August is Chicago’s ‘Frankie Knuckles Day’, a time to celebrate the life and times of one of dance music’s true pioneers. Frankie was born in 1955 in New York and played an important role in developing house music in Chicago during the 1980s, when the genre was in its infancy.
Knuckles moved to Chicago in 1977 and began DJing at the Warehouse, where he span the tracks in an NYC style which included beat-mixing and the addition of percussion fills (from a separate turntable) to spruce up the sound.
Check out this video of a very young Frankie at the opneing of the Power House club in Chigaco, way back in 1986.
A Grammy Award winner, Frankie had a street in Chicago named after him where the old Warehouse once stood to commemorate the first ever Frankie Knuckles Day on 25th August 2004. The Illinois state senator who made this amazing day for Chicago house history? A certain Illinois senator at the time called Mr Barack Obama; you may have heard of him!
Frankie’s music and influence is still being written into the rich tapestry of dance music across the globe with every 808 kick that resonates from the world’s speakers.
The Godfather of House. We salute you.