Frankie Knuckles Is Getting His Own Episode Of 'Unsung'
Tonight (Wednesday), the latest episode of Unsung will be focusing on the one and only Frankie Knuckles, as well as the rest of the house music scene from the South Side of Chicago.
Universally considered the “Godfather of House Music,” Knuckles will be used as a lens to create a more thorough exploration of an important black genre of music.
The show will chronicle the house music pioneer from his time impressing audiences at New York City’s Paradise Garage, to his DJ’ing at Chicago’s legendary Warehouse, which is widely recognized as the birthplace of house music.
But the show will also highlight fellow Chicago house artists such as Jesse Saunders; Wayne Williams; Steve “Silk” Hurley; Marshall Jefferson; Jamie Principle; Alan King; and Farley “Jackmaster” Funk.
Saunders, Williams and King still perform together, serving as the hosts for the annual Chosen Few Picnic, an event that happens each year on July 4, and has brought in an estimated 50,000 black house music enthusiasts for the past 25 years.
“House music is love. House music is a sound and it’s a spirit,” Wayne Williams said in an interview with The Root. “It is unequivocally black music and, like hip-hop, also began developing in the late 1970s, coming of age in the 1980s and 1990s. Both also owe a debt to disco and soul music. Surprisingly, house, like hip-hop, was largely male-driven. Today, both are revered globally; one is just more visibly mainstream.”
Knuckles’ legacy still lives on well after his death at the age of 59. Following his passing both Barack and Michelle Obama dedicated a heartfelt letter to the legendary DJ, acknowledging his contributions to the music scene in Chicago.
You can check out a teaser clip from the episode below. TV One’s Unsung: Frankie Knuckles and the Roots of House airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.
— Jeremy Horn (@Jeremy_Horn) November 30, 2016