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  • 1 April 2014, 9:23

Frankie Knuckles 'Godfather Of House' Dies

Frankie Knuckles, the so-called 'Godfather of House Music', has died aged 59.

Knuckles was born in New York City but moved to Chicago where he developed and popularised house music in the 1980s.

His influence was felt across the Atlantic and the DJ played at London's Ministry of Sound on Saturday March 29, just two days before his death in Chicago.

Knuckles was due to play at Gatecrasher in Birmingham on April 12, alongside David Morales and Todd Terry.

Fellow house music legend Morales tweeted: "I am devastated to write that my dear friend Frankie Knuckles has passed away today. Can't write anymore than this at the moment. I'm sorry."

DJ Pete Tong wrote: "R.I.P #GodfatherOfHouse Frankie Knuckles R.I.P gentleman genius groundbreaker inspiration blessed to have worked with you. Sad news."

Another DJ to give his tribute was The Roots drummer Quest Love, who tweeted: "Frankie Knuckles was so under-appreciated. he was the dj that dj's aspired to be. true dance pioneer."

In 2004, August 25 was declared Frankie Knuckles Day in Chicago after help from then-senator Barack Obama.

Knuckles' most well-known track was Your Love, released in 1987, which was later used as the basis of the Source's hit You've Got The Love.

Mixmag declared it the greatest house record ever made.

Knuckles' work was exposed to a wider audience in 2004 when Your Love was used in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

The Grammy winner was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

In 2008, he had his right foot amputated after a skiing accident years earlier had lead to the bone disease osteomialitis.

The cause of Knuckles' death has not been confirmed.

 

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