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Frankie Knuckles

bvoc, 1955-2014 US, The Bronx
Musician / Producer of Dance
A.k.a. Francis Nicholls The Night Writers

American DJ, record producer and remixer, born 18 January 1955 in South Bronx, New York City, New York, USA, died 31 March 2014 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Knuckles was the DJ at the Warehouse nightclub in Chicago from 1977 to 1982. It is widely accepted that his style of DJing and his selection and the appeal of the Warehouse gave house music its name, although in the beginning, the word 'house' was used only in Chicago to denote something which was cool, hip, fresh or bad. Knuckles had been long time friends with Larry Levan, they had had their musical upbringing together from going to clubs like Loft and the Gallery. Due to his importance in the development of house, Knuckles was often known as "The Godfather of House Music", and as such the city of Chicago named a stretch of street and a day after Knuckles in 2004. His accomplishments earned him a Grammy Award in 1997. As well, Knuckles was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievements in 2005.

        
Instruments
  • Backing Vocals
  • Turntables
Genres
  • Dance
  • Electronic
  • R&B/Soul
Plays With
Director's Cut
Popular Tracks   
Your Love (feat. Jamie Principle) on Four Most Cuts Presents - Frankie Knuckles vs. Mr Fingers by Frankie Knuckles & Mr. Fingers
Million Dollar Bill - Frankie Knuckles Radio Mix on Million Dollar Bill Remixes by Whitney Houston
I'll Take You There - Director's Cut Classic Signature Radio Version on I'll Take You There by Frankie Knuckles, Director's Cut & Eric Kupper
Where Love Lives (Come On In) - Classic Mix on Where Love Lives by Alison Limerick
The Whistle Song on Beyond The Mix by Frankie Knuckles
The House Music Anthem (Move Your Body) [Frankie Knuckles 12" Mix] [Remastered] on Greatest - Frankie Knuckles by Frankie Knuckles
Carefree (I Am A Star) - Rocky's Edit on Carefree [Rocky's Edit] by Frankie Knuckles
Where Love Lives - Radio Edit on Where Love Lives by Alison Limerick
Let the Music (Use You) [Frankie Knuckles 12" Production] on Greatest - Frankie Knuckles by Frankie Knuckles
Good People - Director's Cut Signature Mix on Good People: The Director's Cut Remixes, Part 1 by Marko Militano

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Ultimate ProductionFrankie Knuckles2018Album
Carnival / The Whistle Song (Paul Shapiro Supreme 7" Mix)The Cardigans / Frankie Knuckles2018Single
House MastersFrankie Knuckles2015Compil.
From The Vaults Vol. 1Frankie Knuckles2015Album
Boyz!Frankie Knuckles Pres. Director's Cut Feat. Jamie Principle2015Album
Podcast 336Frankie Knuckles2014Album
GreatestFrankie Knuckles2013Album
Let's Stay HomeFrankie Knuckles Pres. Director's Cut Starring Inaya Day2013Album
Let Yourself Go (A Director's Cut Master)Frankie Knuckles Pres. Director's Cut Feat. Sybil2013Single
You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)Frankie Knuckles Pres. Director's Cut Feat. B. Slade2012Album
The Whistle Song (Re-Directed)Frankie Knuckles Pres. Director's Cut2012Single
Get Over UFrankie Knuckles Pres. Director's Cut Feat. B. Slade2012Album
Tales From Beyond The Tone ArmFrankie Knuckles2012Album
I’ll Take You ThereFrankie Knuckles Pres. Director's Cut Feat. Jamie Principle2011Album
Chicago Theme (La Sonata Di Fascia Bassa)Frankie Knuckles2010Single
RA.169Frankie Knuckles2009Album
The Ones You LoveFrankie Knuckles & Shapeshifters2009Single
Motivation TooFrankie Knuckles2009Album
5 Magazine DJ Series (The Gift)Frankie Knuckles2008Album
DubJ's D'light (A Remixed Reality)Frankie Knuckles2006Album
Gimme Gimme (Disco Shimmy) / The Whistle Song RevisitedFrankie Knuckles2006Album
Matter Of TimeFrankie Knuckles Feat. Nicki Richards2004Album
A New RealityFrankie Knuckles2004Album
FKalwaysFrankie Knuckles2004Album
Bac N Da DayFrankie Knuckles2004Album
Classic Mixes (Volume One)Frankie Knuckles2003Album
Keep On MovinFrankie Knuckles2001Album
MotivationFrankie Knuckles2001Compil.
Out There: 2001 Mardi GrasFrankie Knuckles : Annabelle Gaspar2001Compil.
Choice - A Collection Of ClassicsFrankie Knuckles2000Compil.
Best Of Frankie KnucklesFrankie Knuckles1998Compil.
Your Love / I've Lost ControlFrankie Knuckles Feat. Jamie Principle / Sleezy D.1997Compil.
You Got The Love / Pfantasy GirlFrankie Knuckles / Pierre's Pfantasy Club1997Compil.
Love Can Change It / Walkin'Frankie Knuckles1996Single
Welcome To The Real WorldFrankie Knuckles Featuring Adeva1995Album
United DJs Of America, Vol. 4David Morales & Frankie Knuckles1995Compil.
Whadda U Want (From Me)Frankie Knuckles Featuring Adeva1995Album
Walkin'Frankie Knuckles Featuring Adeva & Ricky Dillard's New Generation Chorale1995Album
Too Many FishFrankie Knuckles Featuring Adeva1995Album
Passion And PainFrankie Knuckles1995Single
Tell Me WhyFrankie Knuckles1995Single
Rain Falls / WorkoutFrankie Knuckles1992Album
WorkoutFrankie Knuckles Featuring Roberta Gilliam1992Album
The Whistle SongFrankie Knuckles1991Album
Frankie Knuckles PresentsFrankie Knuckles1991Compil.
Beyond The MixFrankie Knuckles1991Album
It's Hard SometimeFrankie Knuckles1991Album
Rain FallsFrankie Knuckles Featuring Lisa Michaelis1991Album
Frankie Knuckles Presents - Music Selected And Edited By Ron HardyFrankie Knuckles1989Compil.
TearsFrankie Knuckles Presents Satoshi Tomiie1989Album
Only The Strong Survive / All Dis MusicFrankie Knuckles / Romance1988Album
Ultimate ProductionFrankie Knuckles1987Album
Baby Wants To Ride / Your LoveFrankie Knuckles1987Album
Baby Wants To Ride / Bad BoyFrankie Knuckles1987Album
Only The Strong SurviveFrankie Knuckles1987Album
It's A Cold WorldFrankie Knuckles1987Album
You Can't HideFrankie Knuckles1986Album
Tears / My Way (Remixes)Frankie Knuckles / UsherAlbum
Sessions SixFrankie KnucklesAlbum
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