Frankie Knuckles, known always as “The Godfather of House” passed away yesterday at the age of 59. Born in the Bronx, Frankie was famous for playing alongside Larry Levan at historic New York after hours clubs such as the Continental Baths, Better Days, The Loft, Sanctuary, Tamburlaine, and of course his good friend’s club, Paradise Garage.
It wasn’t until the 1970’s however, when he moved to Chicago that Frankie began regularly moving the dance floor of the venue often credited with bringing house music to life, and some say even giving the genre it’s name, The Warehouse. The club played such an important role in the cities history; Chicago renamed the portion of Jefferson Street where the venue once stood to “Frankie Knuckles Way” with an honorary street sign. In 1983, Frankie opened his own venue, The Power Plant, which became another staple in Chicago’s 80’s dance history before closing in 1985.
His cause of death is currently unknown, although some have speculated it was related to complications with Type II Diabetes.
Universally loved, Frankie Knuckles never stopped doing what he was born to do. We wish we could have been a part of this small crowd at Boiler Room’s NY party where he took the small room back in time for an hour, about 1 year ago. Take some time out of your evening and give it a listen, we promise you won’t regret it.