Several sources are reporting that DJ Frankie Knuckles, one of the pioneering figures in modern dance music, is dead at age 59. The official cause of death hasn’t been determined, but some reports suggest it was from complications related to Type II Diabetes, according to NY Daily News.
After making a name for himself at New York’s legendary Continental Baths in the early 1970s, Knuckles moved to Chicago to spin at The Warehouse where he quickly became the city’s preeminent DJ. “House” music eventually evolved into its own genre, and Knuckles’ name became synonymous with the vibrant Chicago sound. Knuckle’s soon became known as “The Godfather of House Music.” He reworked music by Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and other important musicians and won a Grammy Award in 1997 as Remixer of the Year.
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Watch the video for his anthemic “The Whistle Song” below.