Frankie Knuckles (January 18, 1955 – March 31, 2014) – The Godfather of House Music
Here’s a wonderful video of Frankie Knuckles performing a live set in London on September 18th, 2013. Not only is it a beautiful selection of House music, but it is mixed to absolute perfection by the man who actually made these songs what they are. The fact that it was recorded in a brightly lit room makes it all the more precious because you can watch every move he makes; every adjustment of the equalizers, mixers, and three decks; throughout the entire performance.
This next video was recorded in New York on May 12th, 2013. It’s not so brightly lit, but still a joy to watch, and dance to!
Here’s a BBC documentary that tells the history of House music, beginning with its pre-Disco origin, through to what it’s evolved into today.
Frankie knuckles remixed countless songs by many great artists, making them better and more danceable than they ever were before. Here are a few examples from YouTube.
Further below are some interviews and tributes from SoundCloud.
Frankie Knuckles – Tributes and Interviews
This first track on SoundCloud is a lengthy interview with Frankie Knuckles, accompanied by many of his greatest remixes. He tells some wonderful stories, from back in the dawn of Disco, and how it evolved into the House Music sound that still delights so many people today.
Many of the other tracks are long House mixes that you can download and dance to while you’re riding on the Ⓣ.
Subway Dance “Blue Line” – Soulful House (by other artists)
Subway Dance “Red Line” – Soulful House (by other artists)
Housemusic for Subway Dancing (by other artists)