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Remembering Frankie Knuckles: The Founders of Techno on The Godfather of House

April 4, 2014

The music world lost an icon when the man known widely as the "Godfather of House," DJ Frankie Knuckles died this week due to complications with diabetes. Born Francis Nicholls, he was 59.

Spinning records in Chicago clubs during the late 1970s, he changed the sound of dance music in ways that are still heard today.

Detroit native Kevin Saunderson is one of the founders of techno music and was a contemporary of Frankie Knuckles.

WDET’s Travis Wright asked him to measure the impact Knuckles had on electronic music.