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Frankie Knuckles meets Dave Pearce

2 hours
First broadcast:
Sunday 15 May 2011

Following the sad news of Frankie Knuckles' passing, we repeat the 6 Mix from 2011 when Dave Pearce met the Godfather of house music to discuss his four decades in dance.
Knuckles began his career DJ-ing soul and disco records alongside infamous selector Larry Levan whilst studying textile design in Manhattan, New York. His reputation soon spread and he found himself playing at the Warehouse in Chicago in the mid 1980s, where his sets fusing bleeps, beats and bass - made with a drum machine bought from Derrick May - were credited with inventing an entire new genre of rhythmic music; house.
After the Warehouse folded in the early 1990s Frankie moved back to New York where he re-worked by tracks by Alison Limerick, Electribe 101 and had hits with anthemic tunes including The Whistle Song and Your Love. Since then, Frankie has carried on DJing around the world and remains a talismanic figure in electronic music.
In this two hour special, Frankie Knuckles reflects with Dave Pearce on his last 35 years in dance, telling the real story of how he pioneered the Chicago sound. He and Dave also reminisce about the time they spent in New York during the early 1990s and how house music has developed since.

Music Played

15 items
  • Image for Frankie Knuckles

    Frankie Knuckles Godfather

    Beyond The Mix, Virgin America

  • Image for Frankie Knuckles

    Frankie Knuckles Your Love

    Your Love / Baby Wants To Ride, Trax Records

  • Image for The Spinners

    The Spinners It's A Shame

    2nd Time Around, Tamla Motown

  • Image for First Choice

    First Choice Let No Man Put Asunder

    Delusions, Salsoul Records

  • Image for Martin Circus

    Martin Circus Disco Circus

    Prelude Records

  • Image for MFSB

    MFSB Love Is The Message

    Love Is The Message, Philadelphia International Records

  • Image for Marshall Jefferson

    Marshall Jefferson Move Your Body - The House Music Anthem


  • Image for Peech Boys

    Peech Boys Don't Make Me Wait

    Life Is Something Special, Island Records

  • Image for Robert Owens

    Robert Owens I'll Be Your Friend


  • Image for Sounds of Blackness

    Sounds of Blackness The Pressure

    The Evolution Of Gospel, A&M Records

  • Image for Alison Limerick

    Alison Limerick Where Love Lives (Come On In)

    And Still I Rise, Arista

  • Image for Frankie Knuckles Presents Satoshi Tomie

    Frankie Knuckles Presents Satoshi Tomie Tears

    Tears, Ffrr

  • Image for Frankie Knuckles

    Frankie Knuckles The Whistle Song

    Beyond The Mix, Virgin America

  • Image for Frankie Knuckles

    Frankie Knuckles It's Hard Sometime (feat. Shelton Beckton)

    Beyond The Mix, Virgin Records America, Inc.

  • Image for Frankie Knuckles

    Frankie Knuckles and Director's Cut I'll Take You There (feat. Jamie Principle)

    Frankie Knuckles presents Director's Cut, Nocturnal Groove


Rowan Collinson

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