Godfather of house music, DJ Frankie Knuckles, dies at 59

Frankie Knuckles, one of the most important and influential DJs on the planet, died yesterday, probably due to complications caused by diabetes. Knuckle was known as the "godfather of house music", as he developed and helped to publicize one of the most popular styles of dance music.

Knuckles began DJing in the 70s in New York, but his career took off when he moved to Chicago in 1977. There he became the music director of the legendary club "The Warehouse Club", where he mixed tracks with European electronic music.

Knuckles is also a producer and made several remixes for artists such as Michael Jackson.

The Chicago recognized the importance of Knuckles while renaming the block of Jefferson St. “Frankie Knuckles Way” in 2004 and that August 25 was declared Frankie Knuckles Day with the help of the then Illinois state senator Barack Obama.

Listen to "The Whistle Song", one of the most classic productions of Frankie Knuckles.