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Frankie Knuckles Honoured By President Barack Obama And First Lady In Sweet Letter


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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have paid tribute to the late DJ and record producer, Frankie Knuckles, who passed away at the end of March aged 59 due to complications related to diabetes. Barack and Michelle sent a signed letter addressed to "the friends and family of Frankie Knuckles," expressing their sadness and sympathies.

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DJ Frankie Knuckles Has Been Honoured By The US President & First Lady.

Dubbed "the Godfather of House," Knuckles was famed for his pioneering work in house music, which originated in the 1980s underground dance scene in Chicago, after he learned to DJ growing up in New York. It was Chicago where The Bronx-born music star, who was born Francis Nicholls, settled, worked and later died, and this is where the presidential letter was addressed.

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President Barack Obama And Wife Michelle Honor Late DJ Frankie Knuckles In Open letter


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President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have paid tribute to the late Chicago DJ, Frankie Knuckles, by sending his family an open letter.

The Obama's wanted to offer their kind thought and prayers to the friends and family of the 59 year-old DJ, who died earlier this month of Type II diabetes-related complications.

David Morales, who was a renowned DJ and friend of Knuckles, posted the letter on his Facebook page on Tuesday (April 22nd).

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Tributes Continue For Late Frankie Knuckles "The Godfather Of House Music"


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Frankie Knuckles, known as "The Godfather of House Music", died on Monday (31st March) at the age of 59. Tributes have continued to pour in which claim Knuckles was a "pioneer" and a "legendary" figure in the creation of House Music.

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Tributes to the late Frankie Knuckles have hailed him as the "legendary" "Godfather of House".

Knuckles' friend, DJ David Morales, confirmed the news via Twitter in the early hours of Tuesday morning (1st April), stating "I am devastated to write that my dear friend Frankie Knuckles passed away today. Can't write anymore than this at the moment. I'm sorry." Morales has since created a tribute to his late friend and posted a number of pictures of the two together.  Reports, in The New York Times, are suggesting Knuckles died of complications arising from diabetes. However, the assistant to his manager stated Knuckles' cause of death has yet to be confirmed. 

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Remembering The Godfather Of House, Frankie Knuckles


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The Godfather of House, Frankie Knuckles, has died aged just 59 years old from complications relating to his Type II diabetes. The original pioneer of house music, a genre which originated in 1980s underground dance scene in Chicago, Knuckles still toured the global club circuit and was revered as one of the founding fathers of house.

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Knuckles learned the art of DJing in his home city of New York, where he was mentored by Paradise Garage’s DJ Larry Levan. The pair began to DJ disco, soul and R&B together at The Continental Baths, whilst Knuckles was still studying textile design at FIT. As disco became less popular, Knuckles moved to Chicago where he would experiment with mixing, founding a unique sound by extending soul records with added drum machine loops.

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"Make Heaven Dance" Tributes Roll In For Inimitable Frankie Knuckles


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Tributes continue to roll in for Frankie Knuckles, the DJ and producer known as the Godfather of House Music who died expectantly earlier this week aged 59. The news sent shockwaves through the dance music community, especially considering that Knuckles was still regularly filling dance-floors across the globe.

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HitFix Music caught up with soul singer Diane Warren, who worked with Knuckles numerous times. "I was very sad to hear of the passing of Frankie Knuckles. He was a real pioneer and legend and his re-mixes a lot of times were not mere re-mixes but re-imaginings and great productions that made those records become the huge hits they became," she said, "I was lucky enough to have him work his magic on some of my songs, like "Unbreak My Heart" and a number of Whitney Houston ones.  RIP, Frankie. Make Heaven dance."

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The Best Tributes To House Music 'Father' Frankie Knuckles


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Tributes have been pouring in for Frankie Knuckles, the pioneer of house music who died on Monday night (March 31) aged 59. Knuckles relocated to Chicago from New York City in the 1970s, delighting audiences with his sprawling epic sets at his clubs The Warehouse and The Power Plant.

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Frankie's close friend and associate David Morales tweeted: "I am devastated to write that my dear friend Frankie Knuckles has passed away today. Can't write anymore than this at the moment. I'm sorry."

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Frankie Knuckles, The Undisputed Pioneer of House Music, Dies Aged 59


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Frankie Knuckles, the prolific DJ and producer known as the Godfather of house music, has died aged 59. Easily one of the most important DJs of all time, Knuckles was known for his epic marathon sets featuring everything from disco and post-punk to R&B and Eurodisco and did much of his best work at his Chicago venues The Warehouse (1977-82) and The Power Plant (1983-85).

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Maestro Review


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For his documentary Maestro, director Josell Ramos has his hands on a tremendously rich subject: The explosion of dance-music culture in the late '70s, which inspired a whole generation of musicians playing techno, house, and other subgenres. Focusing on the New York scene -- particularly underground clubs like the Paradise Garage and the Loft -- Ramos catches up with some of the key musicians from the era and interviews folks reminiscing about the good old days. There's also a healthy dose of archival footage; halfway through the film we get a glimpse of the late artist Keith Haring bouncing on the dance floor of the Paradise Garage, where his iconic, totemic murals line the walls.

This particular moment in music history wasn't important just for obsessive collectors of 12-inch dance mixes. The clubs described in Maestro were gathering places for post-Stonewall gays -- particularly blacks and Hispanics -- through the late '70s and early '80s, and when they were later decimated by AIDS, they became important gathering places for the latter-day gay rights movement. That makes for a great story on the face of it, but Maestro is a disconnected, insiderish, sloppy, and strangely uninformative film. Part of the problem is that the DJ who's discussed most often, Larry Levan, isn't around to speak for himself -- he died in 1992 from AIDS, following years of drug addiction. Interviewees in Maestro speak glowingly about Levan, but Ramos spends little time establishing exactly what made him such an important figure; the three pages devoted to Levan in Generation Ecstasy, Simon Reynolds's history of electronic dance music, are much more informative than any of the platitudes and hosannas spouted in the film.

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