House Music DJ/Producer. Chicago.

Bio: Few figures in contemporary music have influenced their respective fields the way Frankie Knuckles has revolutionized dance music.

Born Francis Nicholls on January 18, 1955, Frankie Knuckles was an American House Music DJ, producer, label owner, remixer and tireless champion of the genre that would come to be known as House Music.
In the Bronx, Frankie Knuckles began to frequent discotheques during the 1970s. He was studying textile design when he began to DJ at underground New York venues including the Continental Baths. At the prompting of Robert Williams, Frankie moved to Chicago where Williams was operating a club that would later come to be known as The Warehouse. In 1982, Frankie moved to his own club, The Power Plant. In incredible second and third acts, Frankie Knuckles would play a key role as a DJ at Delirium during the explosion of electronic music and rave culture in 1987, followed by a seminal stint at New York’s Sound Factory Bar. In 1997, Frankie Knuckles won the Grammy Award for “Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical.”
In the 2000s, Frankie Knuckles split his time between residencies in Europe and his home in Chicago. Frankie Knuckles died on March 31, 2014 of complications from diabetes. He was 59 years. old. -TM

Frankie Knuckles Features

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For Frankie: Inside the Frankie Knuckles Foundation

What is the Frankie Knuckles Foundation and what does it do? We find out with Executive Director Frederick Dunson about preserving Frankie Knuckles' legacy and real House Music.

Frankie Knuckles’ Dancefloor Beasts

DEL compiles a selection of dancefloor "beauties" and dancefloor "beasts" from the illustrious career of Frankie Knuckles for his Foundations series. These are the...

Frankie Knuckles’ Dancefloor Beauties

DEL compiles a selection of dancefloor "beauties" and dancefloor "beasts" from the illustrious career of Frankie Knuckles for his Foundations series. Part one: The...

Reflections on Frankie Knuckles

Symbolically and appropriately, 5 Magazine, a Chicago publication (in origin and spirit), was and is intricately tied to Frankie Knuckles. Without pause, Frankie Knuckles not...
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The Final Cuts: Eric Kupper on Frankie Knuckles

From The Whistle Song to Director's Cut, Eric Kupper probably made more records with Frankie Knuckles than any other man or woman alive. He's produced...

The Day Frankie Knuckles Died

IT WAS BLACK THIS MORNING - cold, windy, overcast and a thick fog rolled off the lake. You have to give credit where it's...

David Morales Remembers Frankie Knuckles

Top and Cover Photo: Gavin Mills IT WAS EXACTLY ONE YEAR AGO that hundreds of people were packed inside SmartBar in anticipation of Frankie Knuckles'...
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This Entire Scene Was Frankie Knuckles’ Dance Floor

Where do you begin the story of the man who began it all? The man who began it for you? Should I start at the...
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Frankie Knuckles is on a Mission…

While many founding fathers of House Music become complacent and rest on their laurels of yesteryear, Frankie Knuckles is busy churning out tune after...
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All the Beautiful People: Frederick Dunson Interview

YOU MAY NOT KNOW who he is, and that would be just fine if you attend a party by Frederick Dunson. One half of...

Frankie Knuckles on How To Treat People at Your Party

"I don't call it a party when you have to go through all that bullshit just to get inside, and then even more when you're there." Frankie Knuckles, 2009.

Frankie Knuckles Mixes

Frankie Knuckles: The Gift Mix

Note: The 5 Magazine DJ Series was a monthly CD series released in a limited edition from March 2007 to November 2008. We featured...
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Frankie Knuckles Live at the Palms Hotel, Miami 2004

Classic DJ mix from House Music legend Frankie Knuckles recorded live at the Palms Hotel, Miami on March 8 2004.

All Frankie Knuckles News, Tracks and Content

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Frankie Knuckles Live at the Palms Hotel, Miami 2004

Classic DJ mix from House Music legend Frankie Knuckles recorded live at the Palms Hotel, Miami on March 8 2004.
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Another Cut: Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper Remix Over Me

Inaya Day and Ultra Nate's "Over Me" featuring another Director's Cut remix from the vaults.

Frankie Knuckles Day is August 25

Celebrate Frankie Knuckles Day in Chicago with the Frankie Knuckles Foundation and Untitled for a benefit with Maad Soul and Terry Hunter.
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Dimitri From Paris presents Salsoul Mastermix

A double pack of Salsoul classics edited by Dimitri from Paris, plus selections from Tom Moulton, Walter Gibbons, Frankie Knuckles and others.

Chicago’s Frankie Knuckles Mural Is Coming Back

The news we've been waiting for: the iconic mural to the most iconic Frankie Knuckles has a new home.
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Conversations with Frederick Dunson of the Frankie Knuckles Foundation

New podcast from 5 Magazine with original Warehouse kid and Frankie Knuckles’ longtime manager, promotion partner, label manager and now executive director of the Frankie Knuckles Foundation, Frederick Dunson.

Frankie Knuckles, David Morales Remix “My Love Is Free”

The Def Mix remixes of the Double Exposure classic appear on vinyl in their full length for the very first time on Salsoul.
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We Broke All Records With This Issue

Kai Alce, Doorly, Chip E., Golf Clap, Frederick Dunson and more in 5 Mag's biggest issue ever (in more ways than one).
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Watch Frankie Knuckles’ Full Uncut Interview with Nicky Siano

Nicky Siano posts the uncut 34 minute interview with Frankie Knuckles from his documentary Love Is The Message.
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This Month We’re Talking About Joeski

New 5 Magazine Issue 145 with New York City nightlife legend Joeski, a new 5 Mag Mix from Ricardo Miranda, WildPitch! in Atlanta and more.
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Frankie Knuckles, Ron Hardy and How House Music Movies Are Made

Everyone will be Unsung. Including you.
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Kiko Navarro, Djoon, Rondell Adams: New Issue of 5 Mag Out Now

Balearic musical savant Kiko Navarro, Parisian club Djoon, the breakthrough of Rondell Adams & more in issue 141 of 5 Mag, out now for 2017!

For Frankie: Smartbar Hosts 2017 Frankie Knuckles Birthday Tribute

Date announced, line-up booked, tickets on sale and going FAST.

David Mancuso Has Passed Away

David Mancuso, founder of The Loft and the very notion of the underground dance music party, has passed away, 5 Magazine can confirm.
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A Gala for the Frankie Knuckles Foundation

Terisa Griffin, Eric Kupper and more at the Frankie Knuckles Foundation's Gala August 20 2016 at the Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago.

Time Out’s List of the Top 10 House DJs of All Time Is Completely...

Any list that doesn't have Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy in the top two can be safely ignored.
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The Chosen Few Picnic and Music Festival 2016, All In One Place

So the time has come again: the tribes are gathering, reservations being checked and the 26th Annual Chosen Few Picnic 2016 is ready to...

Prince: Music Was The Key

"Music Is The Key" was a bully of a track, demanding so much attention that it starved others of oxygen and became one of...

Frankie Knuckles’ Dancefloor Beasts

DEL compiles a selection of dancefloor "beauties" and dancefloor "beasts" from the illustrious career of Frankie Knuckles for his Foundations series. These are the...

Frankie Knuckles’ Dancefloor Beauties

DEL compiles a selection of dancefloor "beauties" and dancefloor "beasts" from the illustrious career of Frankie Knuckles for his Foundations series. Part one: The...