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Seven Must Know Facts about DJ Frankie Knuckles

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Unfortunately, DJ Frankie Knuckles passed away on March 31, 2014. He’s considered the grandfather of house music, pioneering the music since the 1980s in Chicago. He passed away due to complications from Type-II diabetes at the young age of 59 years. To honor his life, here are seven facts about the Godfather of house music.


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•Frankie Knuckles was born Francis Nicholls on January 18, 1955 in Bronx, New York.

 


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Before moving to Chicago, he learned his musical skills under the guidance of DJ Larry Levan

 


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Knuckles bough his first drum machine from Derrick May.

 


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When house music was gaining traction, Producer Chip E. helped produce Knuckles’ first track: You Can’t Hide From Yourself.

 


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Knuckles started his own club called The Power Plant. The club opened in Chicago in 1982.

 


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The Power Plant only lasted for five years; it closed in 1987. Around this time, Knuckles played at the Delirium club in the UK for four months. Chicago house music was in high demand around this time.

san-andreas-androidHe released two albums of original material both released a decade apart from each other. A New Reality was released in 2004 and the single Your Love appeared in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

Jonathan Silva is a graduate and current student at Full Sail University going for his Master's Degree in Journalism. When he isn't writing for film blogs like Get The Big Picture or listening to music, he's either watching movies or playing video games. His love for all things entertainment shine through in his writing.