• Paul Hutchinson DJ/Producer

Happy Frankie Knuckles Day

Shout out to the TRUE House heads out there who celebrate this day each year.

I was lucky enough to see Frankie play 6 months before he died at BOOOM in Ibiza playing alongside Copyright and Shovell on Percussion.


"In 1977 Frankie moved to Chicago to reign over the turntables at the Warehouse for the next five years. If those walls could talk, the stories they would tell, they would tell of all the journeys that Frankie took his loyal congregation of spirits to each early Sunday morning. Dancing spirits, moving about freely and reaching new realities they would only travel to by going to the Warehouse and being uplifted by the Godfather's musical beats." Randy Crumpton Esq.

Attorney Randy Crumpton had a powerful way with words, both in and out of the courtroom. A tireless supporter of the arts, particularly within the African American community in his hometown of Chicago, Crumpton was a socialite, mentor and master connector. He advised his dear friend Frankie Knuckles on legal matters, helped preserve his massive vinyl collection and cofounded the Frankie Knuckles Foundation.

Crumpton passed away in January of this year, but 15 years ago he had a pivotal role in celebrating the immense legacy of DJ and producer Knuckles, the man dubbed the "Godfather of House Music," while they were both still alive.


In 2004 the city council of Chicago, Illinois, formally declared August 25 to be Frankie Knuckles Day. It was the brainchild of Former Alderwoman Madeline Haithcock, Alderman Walter Burnett and Former State Representative Ken Dunkin, and was strongly supported by a future U.S. PresidentBarack Obama, at the time an Illinois state senator. The inaugural ceremony took place at midday on the stretch of Jefferson St where the Warehouse Nightclub still stands. The term "house music" was an abbreviation of "Warehouse music," referring to the distinctive records that Knuckles would play to a crowd of mostly gay black and Latino men as the resident DJ at the venue.




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