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Frankie Knuckles
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    (January 18, 1955-March 31, 2014)
    Born in Bronx, New York
    Birth name was Francis Nicholls
    DJ, producer and remixer
    DJ at the Continental Baths (1975-77) in New York City and the Warehouse (1977-82) and the Power Plant (1982-87) in Chicago
    Recorded the songs 'Your Love' (1987), 'Baby Wants To Ride' (1987) and 'The Whistle Song' (1991)
    Remixed songs by Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Lisa Stansfield, the Pet Shop Boys, Toni Braxton and Whitney Houston
    Inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame (2005)
    Nicknamed 'the Godfather of House Music'
    Before becoming a DJ, he worked as a gofer at the Gallery disco, handing out drugs to the dancers.
    He noted that although he was mobbed when he deejayed in Europe, he could walk down the streets of Chicago unnoticed.
    He injured his right foot in a snowboarding accident (2000), ignored doctor's orders to rest it for a year, and developed osteomyelitis which, coupled with diabetes complications, eventually required the amputation of the foot (2008).
    He called house music 'disco's revenge.'
    He won the first Grammy given for Remixer of the Year (1998).
    He said, 'When you've got someone as big as Luther Vandross and Michael Jackson sitting there, saying, 'Whatever you want, however you want it, I'll stay here as long as you need me,' that's the reward right there.'
    Mixmag declared 'Your Love' the greatest house record of all time.
    State Senator Barack Obama got Illinois to declare August 25, 2004, Frankie Knuckles Day; also that day, the street that ran past the former Warehouse site was renamed Frankie Knuckles Way.

Credit: C. Fishel

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