If you aren’t a big fan of some genres of music, you might not know much about the legendary Frankie Knuckles but he was an innovator. Perhaps you’ve heard “The Whistle Song.” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIdimVDuSEU&feature=kp) Knuckles concepts about created infectious beats and memorable melodies among a relentless, but smooth electronic rhythm section forever changed the urban musical and cultural landscape—not just here but around the world. We heard about his passing in an insightful BBC special report before the US sources began spreading the word.
Frankie Knuckles: House pioneer dies aged 59
The DJ, pictured here in 2007, played in London last Saturday night
Musician Frankie Knuckles, known as the Godfather of House music, has died unexpectedly, it has been announced.
A pioneer of house – the sparse, electronic dance music that emerged from Chicago in the 1980s – Knuckles was just 59.
He was known for remixing tracks by Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, as well as his own songs, such as Your Love and The Whistle Song.
His death was confirmed by fellow DJ David Morales on Twitter.
“I am devastated to write that my dear friend Frankie Knuckles has passed away today,” he wrote. “Can’t write anymore than this at the moment. I’m sorry.”
Knuckles’ longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson, told The Chicago Tribune he had “died unexpectedly this afternoon at home”.
That was confirmed by the Cook County medical examiner who said Knuckles died on Monday in Chicago. The medical examiner said a cause of death was not available.
Several music websites have reported Knuckles had died of complications from Type 2 diabetes.