“Give me flowers when I’m still living,” Frankie Knuckles once said, “because I won’t be able to enjoy them when I’m under the ground.”
As true as that sentiment is, people from around the house music industry have been pouring out their love for the Boyd Jarvis, dance music pioneer and inspiration, whose death was announced this weekend.
Here are some. We’d also like to read yours. Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page:
It is with great sadness that I learned @boydjarvis had lost his battle with cancer and left us. He was a truly original and awesome artist, the kind of person who inspires you in countless ways with what they do. I believe that he touched so many of us with his talents. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/UlrLwByvqV
— François Kevorkian (@fknyc) February 18, 2018
Rest In Peace to Boyd Jarvis. His "Prelude To Paradise" began with a song Jellybean would play at The Fun House… https://t.co/afGfkMom4z
— Frankie Bones (@djfrankiebones) February 18, 2018
PIC OF THE DAY #BoydJarvis As pictured above with #Billie circa 1986 R.I.P. #RIP #BoydHJarvis 1958-2018 #MusicProducer #Songwriter #Musician #Keyboardist 80's #HouseMusic Pioneer Frequent Collaborator w/#TimmyRegisford When #HouseMusic pioneers are spoken of there is one name that (in my opinion) never came up as often as it should have. His name is #BoydJarvis. Together with his longtime legendary collaborator & friend, #DJ/#remixer #TimmyRegisford, he is responsible for the production on some of the earliest and most influential songs and artists that would pave the way for what would later be called #HouseMusic. As early as 1983, he and fellow #Brooklyn resident Regisford began to carve the careers of #Visual ("The Music Got Me" "Somehow, Someway") #Circuit ("A Little Help From My Friends") #Level3 ("Central Line") #Billie ("Nobody's Business") #TammyLucas ("Hey Boy") and a young male singer named #ColonelAbrams #RIP ("You Got Me Runnin" "Release The Tension" which became a Circuit record) just to name a few. It was never a problem getting records played with he, Timmy & DJ #MerlinBobb's position at #NewYorkCity's #WBLS1075FM with a weekly Friday night mixshow. Often they would play final master tape demos live on the air, literally breaking new artists and in turn, furthering the culture of #DanceMusic… turned House Music. Over the years, Boyd also applied himself outside of the House arena with a production list of major artists that's just too long to print here (#Prince #Madonna etc) but he will mostly be remembered for being the untold story of a music producer that helped to jumpstart the movement of House Music. May he Rest In Peace. EMB
https://t.co/YShO0mMIx9 Wow! Boyd WOW! WOW! Wow! Sighing!!!
Oh Wow! Now at rest! A musical genius!!! Thankful that I had the opportunity to work with this amazing musical extraordinary human being. RIP Boyd Jarvis Sending prayers out to family members and everyone he touched. RIP
— Carmen Brown (@0101Carmen) February 17, 2018
Boyd Jarvis. A name that appears on the credits of so many records I love from that golden era. I made a point of seeking his music after getting hooked on this one. RIP 🎵🎹🔥 https://t.co/31bax9rFtU
— Bryan Dunne (@Dunner82) February 17, 2018
Worked in a record shop in my yoof. Older lad who worked there gave me lots of advice but "buy any record you see with Boyd Jarvis name on" was without doubt the best bit.
— Mike O'Mara (@mike_ohmara) February 17, 2018
Another gem from the late Boyd Jarvis. Everybody wants Billie's high note that first kicks in at 4:00. And Boyd holds off till 7:30 with his piano solo. Taste!https://t.co/Bw522wq4xR
— Rob Schmieder (@luther4ever) February 18, 2018
Photo via Francois K on Twitter.