Music world reacts to death of 'inspirational pioneer' Frankie Knuckles
Disclosure, Wu-Tang Clan and Jagwar Ma among artists to share memories of DJ and producer
Artists from across the musical spectrum, including Disclosure, Yannis Philippakis of Foals, Wu-Tang Clan and Jagwar Ma, have all reacted to the news that Knuckles, Known as the 'Godfather Of House', has passed away.
Knuckles was widely credited with being one of the founders of the post-disco Chicago house scene and is believed to have died from complications with diabetes.
Knuckles was the musical director of South Loop nightclub The Warehouse – where house music got its name from. It was there that he first started mixing disco and European electronic tracks. He later ran his own venue, the Power Plant. Born in The Bronx in 1955, he began DJing in New York in the early '70s while he was still a teenager, before he moved to Chicago.
Other names lining up to share memories of Knuckles include Pete Tong, Giles Peterson, Questlove, Paul Epworth, Django Django, Annie Mac, Nicolas Jaar, Jackmaster, Nick Grimshaw, Zane Lowe, Wiley, Tim Burgess, Major Lazer and Ed Simons of The Chemical Brothers. See below for a list of tributes to the late DJ and producer.
Rest in peace Frankie Knuckles, an inspirational pioneer of the music we love http://t.co/3WmrFTmjg6— Disclosure (@disclosure) April 1, 2014
R.I.P #GodfatherOfHouse Frankie Knuckles R.I.P gentleman genius groundbreaker inspiration blessed to have worked with you. Sad news.— Pete Tong mbe (@petetong) April 1, 2014
R.I.P Frankie Knuckles :-( Our show in Boston tomorrow night will be for you x— Jagwar Ma (@JagwarMa) April 1, 2014
Frankie Knuckles has reportedly passed away at 59 yrs old. What a sad day for dance music. What a legacy he left behind.— Annie Mac (@AnnieMac) April 1, 2014
Very sad to hear about frankie knuckles . R I P big man ddx— django django (@thedjangos) April 1, 2014
The godfather of house Frankie knuckles dies...RIP Frankie .— Wiley (@WileyUpdates) April 1, 2014
jesus man. Frankie Knuckles was so under-appreciated. he was the dj that dj's aspired to be. true dance pioneer.— Questlove Jenkins (@questlove) April 1, 2014
ah shit... frankie knuckles rip— Nicolas Jaar (@nicolas___jaar) April 1, 2014
Frankie Knuckles R.I.P.— Zane Lowe (@zanelowe) April 1, 2014
R.I.P FRANKIE KNUCKLES .....PEACE ..ALL PRAISES DUE WUTANG— Wu Tang Clan (@WuTangClan) April 1, 2014
I am dancing to The Whistle Song and Reminiscing http://t.co/ete2DAX9dn RIP Frankie Knuckles— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) April 1, 2014
PEACE IN THE NEXT LIFE #FRANKIEKNUCKLES— MAJOR LAZER (@MAJORLAZER) April 1, 2014
aah Frankie Knuckles, what sad news, so many memories http://t.co/x3LKRE891j— ed simons (@eddychemical) April 1, 2014
Frankie Knuckles RIP never forget seeing him in Tokyo playing this at Yellow. https://t.co/rQQ49K6OGF— Gilles Peterson (@gillespeterson) April 1, 2014
Sad news about Frankie Knuckles damn— JACKMASTER (@jackmaster) April 1, 2014
RIP Frankie Knuckles https://t.co/VfShqypoTx <3 <3 <3 <3 <3— nick grimshaw (@grimmers) April 1, 2014
RIP FRANKIE https://t.co/c61tr4cd5t— Yannis Philippakis (@YnnsPhilippakis) April 1, 2014
#ripfrankieknuckles Long Live House Music. Thanks Frankie.— Paul Epworth (@paulepworth) April 1, 2014