TORONTO — Popular DJ and music producer Frankie Knuckles died Monday. He was 59.
Knuckles, known as the Godfather of house music, passed away in Chicago due to complications from diabetes.
Knuckles, who mixed tracks by artists like Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and Whitney Houston, won a Grammy Award in 1998 and was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
Born in New York, he started DJing in the early ’70s.
He was signed to a record deal in 1991 and released the album Beyond the Mix, which spawned the singles “The Whistle Song” and “Rainfalls.”
Fans and colleagues are paying tribute to Knuckles on social media.
RIP Frankie Knuckles. An inspiration, pioneer and one of the creators of a movement that will continue to live on. #housemusic x
— Graham Sahara (@grahamsahara) April 1, 2014
— DJ Scotch (@realdjscotch) April 1, 2014
— plebhead (@pleb_head) April 1, 2014
BELOW: Listen to “The Whistle Song” by Frankie Knuckles.
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