Earlier this week, the music world lost a giant influence on today’s modern music
Soul is the son of the blues and is the cousin of rock and roll. Thus, when soul begat disco, it’s entirely possible that if you loved rock and roll, soul music or the blues that disco wasn’t going to be your thing. See, disco is the point when music went wild forever. Whereas music was once easily classified by so many cultures and genres staying in their own lanes, disco is when music stopped (on the popular side) being black and white. Instead, music became white and brown, red and black, yellow and orange, so on and so forth. However, when disco begat house, the wild branches that disco represented re-connected with blues and soul’s family tree, and music was improved forever. Unlike all other parts of the family tree, we can actually pinpoint the man who brought disco back home, and it’s Frankie Knuckles.
Outpouring of grief and reflection have come from all over the world, not excluding Boston, where the Boston Globe spoke with 8 regional DJs about what a titan Frankie Knuckles really was.
The BBC Radio family has always supported new music and new DJs (part of the reason the UK has always dominated popular music culture, to be honest). So of course BBC 6 Music had spoken to Mr. Knuckles at length back in 2011, an interview with a UK DJ legend of his own: Dave Pearce. It was re-broadcast and captured by Everyone Wants to Be the DJ.
Take two hours and listen to the ingredients that created the genre that is responsible for nearly every strand of modern club music: House music. Tracklisting–including links to the legendary, still-operating website Jahsonic–after the jump.
Detroit Spinners – It’s a Shame
First Choice – Let No Man Put Asunder
Martin Circus – Disco Circus
MFSB – Love Is The Message
Derrick May – Strings of Life
Marshall Jefferson – Move Your Body
Peech Boys – Don’t Make Me Wait
Robert Owens – I’ll Be Your Friend
Sounds of Blackness – The Pressure
Alison Limerick – Where Love Lives (Come On In)
Frankie Knuckles Presents Satoshi Tomie – Tears
Frankie Knuckles – The Whistle Song
Frankie Knuckles – It’s Hard Sometime (feat. Shelton Beckton)
Frankie Knuckles – I’ll Take You There (feat. Jamie Principle)
RIP Frankie Knuckles. Together Boston will have you in our thoughts all week long.