Frankie Knuckles vinyl collection now on display
Frankie Knuckles was the first member honored into the U.S. Dance Music Hall of Fame because his style of DJ’ing led to the creation of the House Music Sound.
Back in the day, Frankie, and many other disco DJS used vinyl. We spun vinyl, we mixed the music into a seamless blend, we created atmosphere in discos, nightclubs and beyond. We used two channel GLI mixers, NuMark mixers, Bozak mixers… there were many tools of the trade including the Technics turntables. Whether it was the SL-1100 MKII, the SL-5100 or the iconic SL-1200’s, these were the tools any DJ on any given night in 1977 and through the next 25 years would serve their masses. There were Casio keyboards, Roland drum machines, reel-to-reel tape decks and more introduced into the DJ booth as time had gone by to enhance our performances as DJS. Frankie led the way doing many of those things before anyone else.
Frankie passed from complications due to diabetes back in 2014. His legacy left behind is now captured and shared with the world via the Frankie Knuckles Foundation. Founded in 2014, the Frankie Knuckles Foundation (FKF) is an educational and cultural organization dedicated to the advancement of Knuckles’ mission as the global ambassador of house music. Through media, conservation and public events, the Foundation continues to support the causes that Knuckles advanced, including music in schools, HIV/AIDS awareness education and prevention, LGBT youth homelessness and diabetes research.
And now, here in the House Music capitol of the world, Chicago comes an amazing display for all to feel, see and experience with the Godfather Of House Music’s vinyl collection on display on Chicago’s South side at the Stony Island Arts Bank