Frankie Knuckles, the DJ and producer widely revered as the “Godfather of House,” has reportedly died due to complications with diabetes. He was 59.
Award-winning Chicago DJ Vince Lawrence is among those paying tribute. “A legend has fallen. All hail Frankie Knuckles an inspiration to us all,” Lawrence wrote on his Facebook page.
Born in the Bronx in 1955, Knuckles began DJing in New York in the early '70s while still a teenager, some years before the disco explosion. A decade on he moved to Chicago, where he spliced disco hits and soulful tunes with a drum-machine for clubbers at the Music Box and the Warehouse, and later his own venue, the Power Plant.