Tuesday, April 01, 2014

RIP Frankie Knuckles

I thought it was an April Fool’s joke when I read the news this morning as I woke up but then I realised that you don’t make jokes about this kind of thing.

Legend is an over-used word but Frankie Knuckles is a true legend to house music.

There from the days of disco, through to when he moved to Chicago to head the Warehouse club and still relevant to 2014.

Known as the Godfather of House – house music would have still existed without his input, but it is arguable that the music that makes our world go around may not be called ‘house’ music where it not for his absolutely legendary residency at the Warehouse.

His productions were timed with the explosion of acid house in the UK – Baby Wants To Ride, and Tears being two seminal classics that still sound relevant today, but it is “Your Love” that he will surely be remembered most for.

It is ever so admirable that he created such snippets of joy for so many millions of people around the world to experience – music that can lift you so high and change your mood for the better within seconds – it is surely impossible to listen to “Your Love” and not feel the warmth and love that exudes from this production – which is the essence of what house music is all about.

And from what I have read about Frankie Knuckles, the essence of what he was all about.

Frankie Knuckles was one of those people that changed the world for the better through the beauty of music and I am very grateful for his existence.