Francis “Frankie” Nicholls, better known by his stage name Frankie Knuckles, was an American DJ, record producer, and remixer. He performed an important role in promoting and spreading house music in Chicago during the 1980s when the genre was in its opening. Due to his fame in the development of the genre, Knuckles was “The Godfather of House Music” for
Due to his fame in the development of the genre, Knuckles was “The Godfather of House Music” for the music enthusiast. In 1991, Knuckles engaged with Virgin Records, enhancing one of the first DJs to sign to a major label. In 2005, Knuckles was recruited into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievements. He is the first one to receive a Grammy
He is the first one to receive a Grammy Award for Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical. (now termed Best Remixed Recording) in 1997. In the mid-2000s, Knuckles developed Type II diabetes. He died on March 31, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois, the USA of complications from diabetes at age 59. He falls on ethnicity black with American nationality. His religion and birth sign is unknown.
Quick Fact of Frankie Knuckles
|Full Name||Francis “Frankie” Nicholls|
|Date of birth||January 18, 1955|
|Age||Died at age 59( on March 31, 2014)|
|Birthplace||The Bronx, New York, United States|
|Profession||DJ, record producer, remixer|
|Active Year||The 1970s–2014|
|Eye color||Dark Brown|
|Education||Learned the commercial art and costume design|
Early Life and Education
Back to his early life, Frankie Knuckles was born as Jr. Frankie Warren Knuckles on January 18, 1955, in the Bronx, New York City, New York, the USA. There is missing information on his parents, their occupation, and family background.
His educational background is not revealed yet. He was by birth creative and before he inaugurated spinning records as a teenager in 1971. His favorite food is pasta and favorite color is olive. In 1972, Knuckles and childhood friend Larry Levan first served together at the New York City club, The Gallery.
His credits are “Beyond the Mix” from Virgin Records, singles “Rain Falls”, “Let No Man Put Asunder”, “Keep on Movin’” from Definity Records, “Baby Wants To Ride.” Also, he is famous for “Bad Boy,” “You Can’t Hide” from CBS Records, “Cold World”, “Tears” presenting Satoshi Tomiie from FFRR, “Your Love” and “The Whistle Song” from Virgin Records.
He is the first one to have a Grammy Award for Remixer of the Year (now termed Best Remixed Recording) in 1997. Knuckles has also remixed songs by superstars such as En Vogue, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Janet Jackson, Chaka Khan, and Michael Jackson.
There is not much information available for the personal life of Frankie. He had not spoken openly about his love life. His quote is “Only thing worse than a woman that’s jealous of me is two women.” This seems he was more interested in music rather than the woman. There are no stories which can tell about his love affairs, married life, divorce, engagement, breakups, children etc.
Knuckles was highlighted in the documentary films Maestro (2003), The Unusual Suspects: Once Upon a Time in House Music (2005), and Continental (2013). Openly gay, Knuckles was recruited into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1996. He died on March 31, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois, the USA from complications from diabetes at age 59.
Talking about his physical features, his body type is average. He has black hair and dark brown eyes. His height and weight are unknown.
His net worth is unavailable.