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
aka: FK, FK Always, Director’s Cut (with Eric Kupper)
Frankie Knuckles Features
What is the Frankie Knuckles Foundation and what does it do? We find out with Executive Director Frederick Dunson about preserving Frankie Knuckles' legacy and real House Music.
DEL compiles a selection of dancefloor "beauties" and dancefloor "beasts" from the illustrious career of Frankie Knuckles for his Foundations series. These are the...
DEL compiles a selection of dancefloor "beauties" and dancefloor "beasts" from the illustrious career of Frankie Knuckles for his Foundations series. Part one: The...
Symbolically and appropriately, 5 Magazine, a Chicago publication (in origin and spirit), was and is intricately tied to Frankie Knuckles. Without pause, Frankie Knuckles not...
From The Whistle Song to Director's Cut, Eric Kupper probably made more records with Frankie Knuckles than any other man or woman alive. He's produced...
IT WAS BLACK THIS MORNING - cold, windy, overcast and a thick fog rolled off the lake. You have to give credit where it's...
Top and Cover Photo: Gavin Mills IT WAS EXACTLY ONE YEAR AGO that hundreds of people were packed inside SmartBar in anticipation of Frankie Knuckles'...
Where do you begin the story of the man who began it all? The man who began it for you? Should I start at the...
While many founding fathers of House Music become complacent and rest on their laurels of yesteryear, Frankie Knuckles is busy churning out tune after...
YOU MAY NOT KNOW who he is, and that would be just fine if you attend a party by Frederick Dunson. One half of...
"I don't call it a party when you have to go through all that bullshit just to get inside, and then even more when you're there." Frankie Knuckles, 2009.
Frankie Knuckles Mixes
Note: The 5 Magazine DJ Series was a monthly CD series released in a limited edition from March 2007 to November 2008. We featured...
All Frankie Knuckles News, Tracks and Content
Lessons from Robert Williams: How dealing with the police was an essential part of dancing while Black, queer and young in the 1970s.
Tedd Patterson talks to 5 Mag about remixing THE SOURCE - Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper's "Get Over U," released today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cherushii's final record with Maria Minerva is a beautiful tribute to a rare soul.
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.
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 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.
Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot appeared on stage at this year's Chosen Few Picnic - a first for any Chicago mayor.
One of the beautiful people who made house music possible, Judy Russell of Downtown161, Downtown304, Vinylmania, Movin' Records and the Paradise Garage has passed away.
Timmy Regisford and Soul Clap mixes, Bonobo on Outlier, A Man Called Adam, Toy Tonics, James "Jack Rabbit" Martin and more inside the new issue of 5 Mag. Members Only.
Just steps from the church where the late Frankie Knuckles was memorialized, the Chicago White Sox will commemorate Disco Demolition Night this Thursday.
Oh Happy Day captures the praise that Paul Trouble Anderson inspired, and this is the praise he deserved.
The new mix of Deep88's HARMONY features a stunning and evocative performance on flute from Paul Shapiro, who played on Frankie Knuckles' The Whistle Song.
It's real: the new Red Line terminal at 95th Street is getting fitted out courtesy of Theaster Gates.
Where's my f'ing mixtape? MySpace just "lost" 12 years of music, but whole sectors of electronic music history are vanishing from the internet.
From the new Director's Cut album - the Frankie Knuckles & Jamie Principle House Music classic BABY WANTS TO RIDE gets reworked by Jimmy Edgar.
The definitive Director's Cut collection of collaborations between Eric Kupper and Frankie Knuckles kicks off with a 12" release of Baby Wants To Ride with a Jimmy Edgar remix.