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

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The house that Frankie Knuckles built for us

How we keep Frankie a part of our lives and the soul of the architect in the house he built for us.
5 Mag Issue 192 with Solomun, photo by Chino Moro

#MadeWithLove

Inside the new issue of 5 Mag with Solomun, Andrew Emil, Ultra Naté, Dam Swindle and more.
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Cinthie to remix Frankie Knuckles’ The Whistle Song

SoSure Music will be releasing a new remix of Frankie Knuckles' legendary "The Whistle Song" remixed by German deep house DJ and producer Cinthie....
Best of Rockin' House Records and Rodney Bakerr

Mr. Bakerr’s Half Dozen: 6 rarities from Rodney Bakerr & the Rockin’ House catalog

From Mike Dunn to Michael Ezebukwu: here are 6 tracks we love most from the small but hugely influential early Chicago house label, Rockin' House, and the late Rodney Bakerr.
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“You’re the Deepest MF Around”: Matthias Heilbronn & Monique Bingham team up on “Something”

Matthias Heilbronn & Monique Bingham team up on "Something" for Peppermint Jam.
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Billie Ray Martin to release lost Frankie Knuckles mixes of Electribe 101’s “Heading For...

Frankie Knuckles' remixes of Electribe 101's "Heading For The Night" were shelved but will appear on vinyl in July.

Stephan Hoellermann & the roots of this thing of ours

Stephan Hoellermann quietly releases one of the best deep house records of the last year. It has no name, no label and no distribution. And that's the message.
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Haçienda NYE livestream features an avatar of Frankie Knuckles

24 hour (virtual) party people with Carl Craig, Phuture (live), Inner City (live) and an avatar playing Frankie Knuckles last ever Manchester NYE set recorded in 2013.
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In 2021, support people. Screw the brands.

If we say we care about the history of this music, we need to stop enabling the ones that fucked it up.
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Dancing While Black, Young and Queer in the 1970s

Lessons from Robert Williams: How dealing with the police was an essential part of dancing while Black, queer and young in the 1970s.
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Tedd Patterson on Remixing Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper’s “Get Over U”

Tedd Patterson talks to 5 Mag about remixing THE SOURCE - Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper's "Get Over U," released today.
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Larry Heard & Robert Owens are Suing Trax Records

Chicago House Music pioneers Larry Heard and Robert Owens have filed a multi-million dollar copyright infringement suit against Trax Records and defendant Rachael Cain.
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More Classic Chicago House Flyers in Beyond Heaven Vol 2

New book showcases party flyers from back in the day - Chicago from 1981 to 1992 - and snapshots from ground zero of house music's origins.
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Chicago House Pioneers Launch Ron Hardy Memorial Fundraiser

Chicago House pioneers lead by the Chosen Few and the Frankie Knuckles Foundation are holding a fundraiser to purchase a stone for Ron Hardy's grave.

Chicago Celebrates Frankie Knuckles’ 65th Birthday

This year's fundraiser for the Frankie Knuckles Foundation is coming quick... this Sunday, with Michael Serafini and Garrett David from Queen, plus Alan King, Mark Grant and Zac Jones at Metro.

Days Without You: Cherushii and Maria Minerva Made Beautiful Music

Cherushii's final record with Maria Minerva is a beautiful tribute to a rare soul.

That Frankie Knuckles/Lou Rawls Cut: You’ll Never Find This Record Ever Again

Frankie Knuckles' remix of Lou Rawls "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" became a thing of fable when he played it in a Boiler Room set and here it is, preserved on wax.

Dimitri from Paris Remixes Frankie Knuckles & Jamie Principle’s I’ll Take You There

SoSure continues their tour through the Director's Cut catalog with remixes by Dimitri from Paris, Moplen, and the Shapeshifters of the Frankie Knuckles and Jamie Principle Chicago House classic I'll Take You There.

Music + Soul + Spirit with Robert Hood: Inside the New 5 Mag

Music, soul and spirit with Robert Hood, new mixes from Rasmus Faber + Natasha Kitty Katt, DJ 3000 + Motech and making techno with Sega Genesis cartridges inside 5 Mag Issue 174, out now.
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Chicago’s Mayor Came to the Chosen Few Picnic

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot appeared on stage at this year's Chosen Few Picnic - a first for any Chicago mayor.