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Francis Nicholls was born in The Bronx, New York, USA, on January 18th 1955. He began working as a DJ in the early 1970s, playing soul, disco, and R&B at 'The Continental Baths' with childhood friend and fellow DJ Larry Levan. He moved to Chicago in the late Seventies, and played an important role in developing and popularising 'house' music there during the next decade, when the genre was in its infancy.
Knuckles made numerous 'Def Classic Mixes' with John Poppo as sound engineer, and also partnered with David Morales on 'Def Mix Productions'. His debut album, "Beyond the Mix", released in 1991, contained his 'seminal work' "The Whistle Song". He continued to work as a remixer throughout the 1990s and into the next decade, reworking tracks from Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Diana Ross, 'Eternal' and Toni Braxton.
He released several new singles, including "Keep on Movin'", and a re-issue of an earlier hit "Bac N Da Day". In 1995, he released his second album, entitled "Welcome to the Real World". Due to his importance in the development of the genre, Knuckles was often known as "The Godfather of House Music". The city of Chicago named a stretch of street, and also a day, after Knuckles in 2004 due to this.
His accomplishments earned him a Grammy Award in 1997, and he was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of his musical achievements. Frankie Knuckles died of 'Type II' diabetes-related complications in Chicago on March 31st 2014 at the age of 59. http://www.factmag.com/2014/04/01/r-i-p-frankie-knuckles-1955-2014/
Haha I love the GTA setting for the song. I want to listen to an actual radio show with that guy.