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Frankie Knuckles Birthday Honored With Upcoming Special Release Of 'Baby Wants To Ride,' Album Announcement

The godfather of house music would have been 64 today.
Frankie Knuckles


Today is Frankie Knuckles birthday, who would have turned 64 years old. In honor of the godfather’s birthday, a “director’s cut” of his single “Baby Wants To Ride” will be released next month. A new album will also be released containing "director's cut" works, which has his last ever productions. 

Coming in the spring, the album will contain original productions and remixes. The Director's Cut album will remix originals from Kenny Summit, Hardsoul, Dbow, The Sunburst Band, Marshall Jefferson, Spencer Parker & Dan Beaumont, Art Department, Paul Johnston, Candi Staton and Inya Day.

Longtime friend and writing partner Eric Kupper is helming the announcement for “Baby Wants To Ride” and the album. The “Re-directed” version was adapted for the modern era and features re-recorded vocals from Jamie Principle.

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"Baby Wants To Ride" will be released on vinyl on February 1 and then on digital on February 15. It will arrive with an exclusive Jimmy Edgar edit on the b-side of the vinyl via SoSure Music.

“Frankie and I wanted to retain the flavor of the original version, but with a more modern sonic approach, as well as some updated topical lyrics provided by Jamie,” says Kupper.

50% of the proceeds from the release will go to the Frankie Knuckles Foundation.

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