Monday, April 14, 2014

Episode #28

out of the hiatus with an episode supreme ... a long overdue return after three years, Petit Bear joins me for the latest episode...don't want to get into details this time ... just listen ... this is House!





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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

news bulletin

RIP Frankie Knuckles || the Godfather of House


 


Frankie Knuckles may have been the first DJ superstar. Robert Williams encouraged Frankie Knuckles to move from New York to Chicago in 1977 to headline his new juice bar, the Warehouse, at 206 S. Jefferson Street. Knuckles became famous for spinning disco classics and obscurities alongside the latest underground cuts. In December 1982, Knuckles moved to the Power Plant just as local producers started making recordings. The Power Plant closed suddenly in late 1985, after which Knuckles spun briefly for WBMX, Medusa’s, Coconuts, and Gallery 21. In 1987, with house music climbing the British pop charts, Knuckles left for London. After a few months, he returned to New York to focus on production work. Over the years he produced such influential tracks as "Tears," "Your Love," "The Whistle Song" and "Rain Falls." His remixes ranged from the club classic "Closer than Close" by Rosie Gaines to the amazing "Where Love Lives" by Alison Limerick to Lisa Stansfield's "Change" (she included two of his remixes on her Greatest Hits) to Toni Braxton's "Unbreak My Heart" to giving Whitney Houston one last dance number with "Million Dollar Bill" in 2009. The artists he remixed are the royalty of R&B: Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson and Diana Ross, among others. Knuckles also collaborated with longtime friend David Morales on numerous mixes throughout the '90s under the Def Classic/Def Mix name (too many to mention).  He was a living legend and it was fitting that Knuckles was won the first ever Grammy Award for Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical in 1998.


Live at the Warehouse, 1982

Live at the Power Plant, 1985 

WBMX 1987

His legacy will live forever to shape the sounds of tomorrow...




206 South Jefferson Street . . the place HOUSE was born....
Knuckles was at the forefront of what drove dance music from the mid 80's on. He spinned at the legendary Warehouse in Chicago in the late '70s and and the Power Plant in the '80s as dance music was picking up the pieces after the death of Disco.  Over the years he produced such influential tracks as "Tears," "Your Love," "The Whistle Song" and "Rain Falls." His remixes ranged from the club classic "Closer than Close" by Rosie Gaines to the amazing "Where Love Lives" by Alison Limerick to Lisa Stansfield's "Change" (she included two of his remixes on her Greatest Hits) to Toni Braxton's "Unbreak My Heart" to giving Whitney Houston one last dance number with "Million Dollar Bill" in 2009. The artists he remixed are the royalty of R&B: Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson and Diana Ross, among others. Knuckles also collaborated with longtime friend David Morales on numerous mixes throughout the '90s under the Def Classic/Def Mix name (too many to mention).  He was a living legend and it was fitting that Knuckles was won the first ever Grammy Award for Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical in 1998.
Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/awards-campaign/frankie-knuckles-the-godfather-of-house-music-passes-away-at-59#ZF4DHu3B0whSjRRh.99
Knuckles was at the forefront of what drove dance music from the mid 80's on. He spinned at the legendary Warehouse in Chicago in the late '70s and and the Power Plant in the '80s as dance music was picking up the pieces after the death of Disco.  Over the years he produced such influential tracks as "Tears," "Your Love," "The Whistle Song" and "Rain Falls." His remixes ranged from the club classic "Closer than Close" by Rosie Gaines to the amazing "Where Love Lives" by Alison Limerick to Lisa Stansfield's "Change" (she included two of his remixes on her Greatest Hits) to Toni Braxton's "Unbreak My Heart" to giving Whitney Houston one last dance number with "Million Dollar Bill" in 2009. The artists he remixed are the royalty of R&B: Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson and Diana Ross, among others. Knuckles also collaborated with longtime friend David Morales on numerous mixes throughout the '90s under the Def Classic/Def Mix name (too many to mention).  He was a living legend and it was fitting that Knuckles was won the first ever Grammy Award for Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical in 1998.
Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/awards-campaign/frankie-knuckles-the-godfather-of-house-music-passes-away-at-59#ZF4DHu3B0whSjRRh.99
Knuckles was at the forefront of what drove dance music from the mid 80's on. He spinned at the legendary Warehouse in Chicago in the late '70s and and the Power Plant in the '80s as dance music was picking up the pieces after the death of Disco.  Over the years he produced such influential tracks as "Tears," "Your Love," "The Whistle Song" and "Rain Falls." His remixes ranged from the club classic "Closer than Close" by Rosie Gaines to the amazing "Where Love Lives" by Alison Limerick to Lisa Stansfield's "Change" (she included two of his remixes on her Greatest Hits) to Toni Braxton's "Unbreak My Heart" to giving Whitney Houston one last dance number with "Million Dollar Bill" in 2009. The artists he remixed are the royalty of R&B: Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson and Diana Ross, among others. Knuckles also collaborated with longtime friend David Morales on numerous mixes throughout the '90s under the Def Classic/Def Mix name (too many to mention).  He was a living legend and it was fitting that Knuckles was won the first ever Grammy Award for Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical in 1998.
Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/awards-campaign/frankie-knuckles-the-godfather-of-house-music-passes-away-at-59#ZF4DHu3B0whSjRRh.99