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

Frankie Knuckles Features

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For Frankie: Inside the Frankie Knuckles Foundation

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.

Frankie Knuckles’ Dancefloor Beasts

DEL compiles a selection of dancefloor "beauties" and dancefloor "beasts" from the illustrious career of Frankie Knuckles for his Foundations series. These are the...

Frankie Knuckles’ Dancefloor Beauties

DEL compiles a selection of dancefloor "beauties" and dancefloor "beasts" from the illustrious career of Frankie Knuckles for his Foundations series. Part one: The...

Reflections on Frankie Knuckles

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...
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The Final Cuts: Eric Kupper on Frankie Knuckles

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...

The Day Frankie Knuckles Died

IT WAS BLACK THIS MORNING - cold, windy, overcast and a thick fog rolled off the lake. You have to give credit where it's...

David Morales Remembers Frankie Knuckles

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'...
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This Entire Scene Was Frankie Knuckles’ Dance Floor

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...
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Frankie Knuckles is on a Mission…

While many founding fathers of House Music become complacent and rest on their laurels of yesteryear, Frankie Knuckles is busy churning out tune after...
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All the Beautiful People: Frederick Dunson Interview

YOU MAY NOT KNOW who he is, and that would be just fine if you attend a party by Frederick Dunson. One half of...

Frankie Knuckles on How To Treat People at Your Party

"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

Frankie Knuckles: The Gift Mix

Note: The 5 Magazine DJ Series was a monthly CD series released in a limited edition from March 2007 to November 2008. We featured...
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Frankie Knuckles Live at the Palms Hotel, Miami 2004

Classic DJ mix from House Music legend Frankie Knuckles recorded live at the Palms Hotel, Miami on March 8 2004.

All Frankie Knuckles News, Tracks and Content

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.

Judy Russell Is At Peace

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.

Love for the Underground – Inside the New Issue of 5 Mag

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.

In the Middle of Pride Month, the Chicago White Sox Will Celebrate Disco Demolition....

Just steps from the church where the late Frankie Knuckles was memorialized, the Chicago White Sox will commemorate Disco Demolition Night this Thursday.
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Oh Happy Day: Flowers for Paul Trouble Anderson

Oh Happy Day captures the praise that Paul Trouble Anderson inspired, and this is the praise he deserved.
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#ListenUp The Whistle Song’s Paul Shapiro Plays on Deep88’s HARMONY

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.
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Chicago’s New Train Station Will Have DJs ON SITE

It's real: the new Red Line terminal at 95th Street is getting fitted out courtesy of Theaster Gates.

404: The Internet Has A Memory Problem

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.

Jimmy Edgar Edits Jamie Principle & Frankie Knuckles Classic BABY WANTS TO RIDE

From the new Director's Cut album - the Frankie Knuckles & Jamie Principle House Music classic BABY WANTS TO RIDE gets reworked by Jimmy Edgar.
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New Frankie Knuckles Album Is On Its Way

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.

For FRANKIE! Ralphi Rosario, Alan King, Derrick Carter Rise in Respect for the Godfather...

The annual celebration of Frankie Knuckles' life is going off January 20 2019 in Chicago with Rosabel, Alan King, Derrick Carter, Michael Serafini, Garrett David and Zac Jones at an all-building event at Metro/Smartbar.

How NYC’s Mix Shows Inspired Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix

"All the guys back then - Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Louie Vega - I brought that all into how we wanted to do the show."

David Guetta Responds to Worldwide Internet Roasting & Still Doesn’t Get It

Meme victim David Guetta (and his handlers) get put on blast after Nightline claim that he "brought house music to America" by pointing out that he bought Farley's records once.

Frankie Knuckles Mural Unveiling this Saturday August 25

Unveiling the Frankie Knuckles Mural on Frankie Knuckles Day, August 25 2018 at 815 W. Hubbard Street in Chicago.

Chicago’s Frankie Knuckles Mural Will Return in August 2018

After a long saga, Chicago's overnight landmark - the Frankie Knuckles Mural raised in the days following his death - will return in 2018.

Cassy. DC LaRue. Titonton. Inside Issue 164 of 5 Mag, Out Now

The new issue of 5 Magazine with a dedication to Sean Haley, a 5 Mag interview with Cassy, disco legend DC LaRue, Titonton and more.
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