Tributes paid to pioneering house DJ Frankie Knuckles

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014
1:02 PM

Dance music festival organisers Eastern Electrics have paid tribute to house DJ Frankie Knuckles, who has died at 59.

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The pioneer, known as “the Godfather of House”, died unexpectedly as a result of complications with Type 2 diabetes.

The US DJ, who emerged from the 1980s electronic music scene in Chicago, remixed songs by Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, and produced trailblazing tracks such as Your Love and The Whistle Song.

The dance music world joined in paying tribute to the star.

On its Facebook page Eastern Electrics, which held a festival at Knebworth Park last year and will hold another at Hatfield House this summer, wrote: “R.I.P. Frankie Knuckles.

“Massive inspiration to all of us at Eastern Electrics, none of us would be doing this if it wasn’t for legends like you!”

BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong wrote on Twitter: “RIP gentleman genius, groundbreaker, inspiration.

“Blessed to have worked with you.”

And trance DJ Armin van Buuren tweeted: “A true pioneer that started this whole thing.

“Frankie Knuckles R.I.P.”

Fellow DJ Dave Pearce said: “So sad that we have lost our brother Frankie Knuckles a DJ legend, house music superstar and a lovely man.

“I will miss his music, his smile and his hugs.”

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