Frankie Knuckles regarded by many as the originator of house music, he popularized the genre by "mixing" 4 records at a time, his upbeat steady beats along with one to two drops in a song became the baseline for house music.
Tomorrow's Reader has a cover story on house music, which led me to dig up this portrait of the legendary producer Frankie Knuckles. I shot this at Knuckles' Chicago home in for a Remix magazine cover story.
Frankie Knuckles (Jan. 18, 1955 – Mar. 31, 2014) was an American DJ, record producer, & remixer who played an important role in developing & popularizing house music during the 1980s when the genre was in its infancy. In 2005, Knuckles was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for his achievements. Due to his importance in the development of the genre, Known as "The Godfather of House Music", the city of Chicago named a stretch of street and a day after Knuckles in 2004.