Earlier this evening 5Chicago reported that legendary house DJ Frankie Knuckles has passed away. The news was confirmed by Knuckles’ former recording partner David Morales and Chicago house DJs Paul Johnson and DJ Deeon via social media soon after. Further details have not yet been released.
Frankie Knuckles is commonly acknowledged as the Godfather of House Music for his work in pioneering and defining the early days of the genre. Born in 1955 and raised in the Bronx, the iconic musician spent his early years in music DJ’ing alongside Larry Levan at New York City’s Continental Baths before moving to Chicago in the 1970′s.