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House music pioneer, Frankie Knuckles, passed away at age 59 on March 31st, due to complications with diabetes. Knuckles was dubbed “The Godfather of House Music”, thanks to his contributions to popularizing the genre in the early 80′s chicago scene. Knuckles started the legendary Chi-Town venue, The Power Plant, from 1982-1987, and was best known for his 1991 hit, “The Whistle Song”. He would later go on to remix tracks for Michael Jackson, Depeche Mode, Chaka Kahn, Pet Shop Boys, Lisa Stansfield, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, and more. On September 19, 2005, Knuckles was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame.

Fans have already begun to show support in lieu of his death, by purchasing digital copies of his track “Your Love”, from various retailers, as a show of tribute to the man. The classic track most recently appeared on the soundtrack to 2004′s Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Rest in peace, Frankie Knuckles.

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