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Legendary House DJ Frankie Knuckles Dies at 59



Very sad news this morning as Data Transmission has the unfortunate duty of sharing the news that the “Godfather of House Music” Frankie Knuckles has passed away at age 59, as confirmed by fellow Chicago house artists DJ Deeon and Paul Johnson.  NBC Chicago has further confirmed the news. It’s not clear how Knuckles died, but a statement is expected to be made later on today.

Born in the Bronx in 1955, Knuckles first began DJing in New York alongside fellow electronic music legend Larry Levan. He then moved to Chicago in the 1970’s to become the premiere DJ at The Warehouse, the nightclub that would birth the dance music genre “house.” Knuckles then opened up his own club, The Power Plant, in 1983. Knuckles was also a producer on such famous songs as James Power’s “Your Love” and “Baby Wants to Ride.”

In 2005, he was inducted into the House Music Hall of Fame.  We were lucky enough to speak with him last year, check out our interview with him here.

All our love from Data Transmission to Judy, David, Hector and all the DEF MIX family, R.I.P Frankie Knuckles you total legend!

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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