Frankie Knuckles

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    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

    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...

    All Frankie Knuckles News, Tracks and Content

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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...

    Disco Refugees: Dan Hartman, Loleatta Holloway and the Day After Disco Died

    It was supposed to be the deal of the century, and in retrospect - if you count art rather than commerce - it was....

    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 Green Room Podcast #7 – Happy Bday Frankie!

    Welcome to the Green Room, 5 Magazine's podcast. Every two weeks 5 Magazine editors Czarina Mirani and Terry Matthew talk about what's new in...

    Happy Birthday Frankie!

    Issue #126 of 5 Magazine is now available. In honor of his birthday and the upcoming benefit on January 17, we elected to dedicate this...
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    For Frankie: Smart Bar Announces a Massive All-Building Event

    January would have marked Frankie Knuckles' 61st birthday. As one of what is rumored to be a series of commemorations, Smart Bar has announced...
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    We’ve Got To Love (and We Do!)

    One of Frankie Knuckles' most anticipated unreleased remixes has finally seen the light of day. We've Got To Love by Joe Smooth and Paris...

    17 Essential Walter Gibbons Mixes

    DEL combs though his collection to pick 14 essential tracks remixed by Walter Gibbons. Read more about Walter Gibbons in Mixed With Love: A Story...
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    Tribe Records Celebrates 100 Records with Optimistic

    Zepherin Saint hits upon classic territory with the 100th release of Tribe Records: a cover of 'Optimistic' with Sounds of Blackness alum Ann Nesby. Zepherin...

    Theaster Gates’ New Art Space to Host Frankie Knuckles’ Record Collection

    We heard about this earlier this year but the cat is out of the bag. ArtNews posted a story about Chicago artist Theaster Gates,...
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    Save the Frankie Knuckles Mural!

    For the last 16 months, the smiling face of the most wonderful man in Chicago has greeted travelers on the El from atop a...

    The 312 Mix Vol 6 presents DJ Purple

    DJ Purple spins a set for Volume #6 of The 312, 5 Magazine's Chicago House Music mix and interview series with the DJs that...

    Love, Italian Style: The House of Frankie

    While basking in the paradise which was the UK's final Southport Weekender, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet two likeminded individuals: Giordano Fracasso...

    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...