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House music pioneer DJ Frankie Knuckles dead at 59

20 year celebrations of Def Mix House Lable

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DJ Frankie Knuckles plays at the Def Mix 20th Anniversary Weekender at Turnmills nightclub on May 6, 2007 in London, England. The Weekender sees the start of the world tour to celebrate 20 years of the legendary New York based House music label with DJs Satoshi Tomiie, Hector Romero, David Morales and Danny Rampling set to play during the tour.

Back in the late '70s and early '80s, Frankie Knuckles spun at a Chicago club called The Warehouse, which is where his special brand of music, House, got its name.  The 59-year-old DJ passed away yesterday from complications related to diabetes.

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House music was more than just a local phenomenon: The popularity of house music exploded around the world and continues to have legions of fans, decades after Frankie first started spinning. 

For more on his legacy, we're joined another legend in the house music scene, Steve "Silk" Hurley 


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