Iconic DJ Frankie Knuckles rumoured dead
LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 01 April 2014 15:49 Written by // Cec Busby
Often referred to as the Godfather of house music, iconic DJ and producer, Frankie Knuckles is rumoured to be dead. Knuckles was a favourite with the gay and lesbian community, getting booties bumping at the Hordern during the 2011 Mardi Gras Party.
Reports of Knuckes’ death began to surface earlier today with 5 Magazine saying the Chicago House legend had passed away. Later this afternoon DJs Deeon and David Morales confirmed the news via Twitter.
I am devastated to write that my dear friend Frankie Knuckles has passed away today. Can't write anymore than this at the moment. I'm sorry.— David Morales (@DJDavidMorales) April 1, 2014
Much respect....... Frankie knuckles.... SALUTE!!!!!! REST IN PARADISE http://t.co/poGOoOCxrV— DJ DEEON (@aintudebo) April 1, 2014
Knuckles was born in the Bronx in 1955, and became a DJ in the early 70s. A residency at the Continental Baths with pal Larry Levin saw his career begin to take off and by the late 70s Knuckles had moved to Chicago to take up a slot on the line-up of premier club, The Warehouse.
In 1983 Knuckles opened his own club, The Power Plant and began working as a producer as well as DJ.
His prolific efforts both on and off the turntables saw Knuckles heralded as the godfather of house music.
Check out this snippet from Frankie on why he was looking forward to playing at the Mardi Gras party.