Frankie Knuckles Passes Away at 59

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Influential Chicago DJ/producer Frankie Knuckles passed away today at 59, leaving behind a storied legacy as The Godfather of House Music.

Specific details have yet to be released, but the story was originally reported by 5 Magazine with other DJs close to Knuckles confirming his passing via Twitter.

Born in the Bronx in 1955, Knuckles played alongside Larry Levan in New York City before relocating to Chicago in the late 1970s to begin a legendary residency at The Warehouse. Knuckles’ work there was key to the birth of house, and he later opened his own club The Power Plant in the city amongst producing a slew of iconic releases, including “The Whistle Song” and Jamie Principle’s “Baby Wants to Ride.”