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(New Musical Express)   Chicago DJ Frankie Knuckles dead at age 59 from diabetes complications. He is mourned by fellow Chicago DJs Billy Eyes, Stevie Toes, and Willy Glutes   (nme.com) divider line 23
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2014-04-01 10:05:00 AM
 
2014-04-01 11:09:36 AM
Jack, jack, jack ... jack ya body.
 
2014-04-01 11:10:06 AM
He may be dead, but you can't stop the house.
 
2014-04-01 11:55:21 AM
He created the music scene that was the soundtrack to most of my youth - him, Bad Boy Bill and Julian Perez.

B96 was where it was at
 
2014-04-01 12:47:04 PM

p the boiler: He created the music scene that was the soundtrack to most of my youth - him, Bad Boy Bill and Julian Perez.

B96 was where it was at


What about Fast Eddie and Keith Farley?

Spent some time partying with Julian Perez around 2004. That guy could drink his ass off.
 
2014-04-01 01:11:29 PM
i listened to him once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once *uh! yeah!* once once once once once once once once once once once once  once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once  *hit me now!* once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once once

/got nothin
//rip
 
2014-04-01 01:13:29 PM
I will pour through my old Trax Records in his memory.

Today is a classic Chicago house day.
 
2014-04-01 01:29:57 PM

Ishkur: Today is a classic Chicago house day.


Well, alright.

www.flwright.org
 
2014-04-01 01:33:49 PM
Frankie Knuckles helped make the "Warehouse" club the source of the word "House" in House Music.

/or something like that, cue Ishtar and Litchspurks to both correct me and argue with each other, at the same time.
 
2014-04-01 02:17:42 PM
 
2014-04-01 02:21:03 PM
Or would have been mourned by stevie toes, if they weren't amputated..
 
2014-04-01 03:25:25 PM
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2014-04-01 04:00:13 PM

mekkab: /or something like that, cue Ishtar and Litchspurks to both correct me and argue with each other, at the same time.


No no, that's right. Sort of.

Knuckles pioneered the "house" sound in Chicago's southside district in the mid 80s. Ironically, Knuckles left the club that gave the genre its namesake before the genre became a genre. He DJ'd at The Warehouse up until 83, and while there were some progenitors released around the time (ie Jesse Saunders, Z-Factor, etc.), house didn't really become HOUSE until 85. At that time, Knuckles had moved to the Power Plant, and that is the club that really defined the era. Knuckles would bring a Roland TR-909 drum machine to his sets (with its deliciously addictive kick and claps...especially the claps. The claps were just fun to hear, especially in rapid succession. People would say the claps sounded like someone saying "jack" -- and a house trope was born!...but I digress), and he would lay it over top (or underneath) funk, soul, disco, R&B and pop records, pretty much anything he could get his hands on. This "everything-but-the-kitchen-sink with a hard 4-to-the-floor kick" is what really defined the genre.

There has even been a revival of this classic Chicago sound recently, with stripped down, minimalist 909 beats over top soul and R&B grooves. It's a great time to be a house music fan.


/all this, AND MORE... in the forthcoming Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music!
 
2014-04-01 04:46:02 PM
heh.

In 2004, the city of Chicago - which "became notorious in the dance community around the world for passing the so-called 'anti-rave ordinance' in 2000 that made property owners, promoters and deejays subject to $10,000 fines for being involved in an unlicensed dance party" - named a stretch of street in northern Chicago[5] after Knuckles, where the old Warehouse once stood, on Jefferson Street between Jackson Boulevard and Madison Street.[6] That stretch of street, called Frankie Knuckles Way, "was renamed when the city declared 25 August 2004 as Frankie Knuckles Day. The Illiniois state senator who helped make it happen was Barack Taft."

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2014-04-01 04:59:35 PM

HOUSE RESOLUTION


WHEREAS, The members of the House of Representatives of the
State of Illinois are pleased to honor Frankie Knuckles and his
work as the pioneer of house music; and

WHEREAS, While growing up in the Bronx during the 1960s,
Frankie's earliest musical influences were jazz artists; after
studying commercial art and costume design in his teens,
Frankie found his true calling, spinning records; he crafted
and began spinning at various legendary venues in New York
City, New York; and

WHEREAS, In 1977, Frankie relocated to Chicago to become
the resident DJ for the Warehouse, an after hours nightclub
where the music genre "house" derived its name from, marking a
pivotal event in modern music; and

WHEREAS, Frankie eventually moved into the recording
studio, where his production and remixing skills equaled his
genius in the DJ booth; he has produced and remixed songs for
Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Michael Bolton, Mary J. Blige, the
Sounds of Blackness, Michael and Janet Jackson, Toni Braxton,
The Pet Shop Boys, and others; he received a Grammy Award in
1997, becoming the first artist to be recognized in the
"Remixer of the Year" category; he has served as a Governor and
Trustee for the New York City chapter of the National Academy
of Recording Arts and Sciences; and
WHEREAS, As an artist, Frankie has enjoyed the success of 2
Virgin Records releases, "Beyond the Mix" and "Welcome to the
Real World"; Frankie continues to pack dance floors with his
unique style; his many admirers and fans have given him the
nickname "the Godfather of House"; and

WHEREAS, Frankie devotes and contributes much of his time
to a number of AIDS charities; he was inducted into the City of
Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1996; therefore, be
it

RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE
NINETY-THIRD GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we
honor Frankie Knuckles and his work as the pioneer of house
music; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
presented to Frankie Knuckles as an expression of our respect
and esteem. And this is fresh

 
2014-04-01 05:47:43 PM
Frankie Bones is getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2014-04-01 08:12:18 PM

stonelotus: Frankie Bones is getting a kick out of these replies.


Frankie Bones would be the first one to acknowledge who the greater Frankie is. That motherfarker is OGT.

/not Frankie Wilde though
//that guy's a putz
 
2014-04-01 11:26:25 PM
 
2014-04-02 12:44:51 AM
he's gonna get the papers. get the papers.
 
2014-04-02 12:45:19 AM

21-7-b: mixes here

http://www.gridface.com/features/frankie_knuckles_playlists.html


Thanks!
 
2014-04-02 01:28:14 AM
Don't think I've seen him since '98 at Simons....
 
2014-04-02 06:38:59 AM
I learned about him last year when I saw a documentary about the Continental Baths at a film festival. For all the obits have said about his reluctance, he spoke well of his experience in New York and the confidence & opportunities it gave him. I remember him speaking fondly of the place that had in his artistic life. He seemed like a committed artist which, though house stuff isn't so much my thing, I hugely respected. He came over as very genuine, not at all pretentious or full of himself.

Vale, guy-whose-work-I-barely-knew-but-liked-anyway.
 
2014-04-02 09:00:57 AM

northguineahills: 21-7-b: mixes here

http://www.gridface.com/features/frankie_knuckles_playlists.html

Thanks!


thanks, you're welcome
 
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