When the news of Frankie Knuckles' untimely death broke last month, an image surfaced of the house music legend with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle. The image was taken in the summer of 2012.
It looks like their relationship goes a little deeper than a photo op., as the Barack and Michelle Obama have written a letter to express their condolences. The letter was first shared by David Morales, another house music pioneer and close friend to Frankie Knuckles.
Often called the "Godfather of House Music", Frankie Knuckles started off as disco DJ in the 1970s in New York. House music developed after a 1978 radio stunt by Steve Dahl, called Disco Demotion, saw thousands of disco records 'blown up' at Soldier Field in Chicago. While the genre was still popular at the time, the stunt created enough of shock wave to cause record companies to shun disco.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Frankie Knuckles said "I witnessed that caper that Steve Dahl pulled at Disco Demolition Night and it didn't mean a thing to me or my crowd. But it scared the record companies, so they stopped signing disco artists and making disco records. So we created our own thing in Chicago to fill the gap.”
Frankie Knuckles death created a tremendous outpouring of support and tribute from both the EDM community and the world at large. Obituaries were published in major newspapers like the the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. A petition was also started to get Frankie Knuckles on the cover of Rolling Stone.
Source: Fact Mag