The Allure | Remembering Frankie Knuckles
It's not fair that it takes someone's passing to fully realize how much they meant or to realize just how many people they touched on such a palpable and personal level. Frankie Knuckles represents precisely this someone, a man who's life is synonymous with so many things my peers and I hold dear. He's the Warehouse, he's house music, he was and always will be the Godfather. He was also someone I had the esteemed honor of crossing paths with on a professional level more than once.
Scoring an interview opportunity with the man credited with being the genesis point for house music was one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for me. Interviewing him ahead of the release of his Motivation Too mix for Nervous Records back in 2009, I will forever remember being so nervous on the call that he could sense it. I'm sure he got that a lot. The guy was a living legend in my world and the world of my fellow dance-music-obsessed comrades. But the nervousness quickly faded and so did his tentativeness. By the end of the call, we were laughing as he warmly recalled some of the finer points of his illustrious career and the impact he had on Chicago specifically. (Read excerpts from our chat here: Dialogue Inc | Frankie Knuckles)
I didn't know Frankie personally, so don't feel some grand remembrance is the best way for me to honor his life. Instead, I've spent the day scouring the web for sets of his—past and present—and have selected a few (below) that represent Frankie as I want to remember him, and for you to listen to and dance to his beat. From what I've experienced of him, I think he'd be cool with that.
You'll be missed Frankie, but all of us in this dimension can only imagine the eternal dance party you're a part of now.
— Joshua P. Ferguson