Frankie Knuckles


When you grow up in the inner city, especially one like New York when things are as tough as they are, if you’ve got some kind of focus that can take your mind away from that – obviously, everybody here’s creative, that’s why you’re here – then that’s the thing that saves your life

Frankie Knuckles, RBMA Lectures, 2011

Frankie Knuckles (January 18, 1955 – March 31, 2014), was an American DJ and record producer. Knuckles was born in The Bronx, New York; he later moved to Chicago. He played an important role in developing and popularizing house music in Chicago during the 1980s, when the genre was in its infancy. Due to his importance in the development of the genre, Knuckles was often known as “The Godfather of House Music.” Chicago named a stretch of street and a day after Knuckles in 2004 for this role. His accomplishments earned him a Grammy Award in 1997. Knuckles was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2005 as recognition for his achievements.