Hundreds pay tribute to Frankie Knuckles

Thu. April 24, 2014 10:10 PM by Windy City Media Group

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Chicago, IL - Progressive Baptist Church on South Wentworth in Chicago was packed with hundreds of people wanting to say goodbye to the founder of House Music, DJ Frankie Knuckles April 21.

Knuckles, who was openly gay and honored for his DJ work around the world, died March 31 at age 59.

Among the well-wishers were Gov. Pat Quinn and other politicians, fellow DJs, family and friends. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama sent a letter in support of Knuckles, that read in part: "Frankie's work helped open minds and bring people together, blending genres to capture our attention and ignite our imaginations. He was a trailblazer in his field, and his legacy lives on in the city of Chicago and on dance floors across the globe."

The evening featured beautiful music tributes by Cynthia F. Carter, Inaya Day and Terisa Griffin. There was also a moving video with dozens of friends telling stories and saying goodbye. Among those on film were Marques Wyatt, Joe Smooth, Greg Loftis, Jocelyn Brown, Marshall Jefferson, Ultra Nate, Kenny Bobien, Syleena Johnson, Lisa Raye, David Harness, Byron Stingily, K Alexi, Eric Miller, Ron Carroll, Peter Edge, Terry Hunter, David Morales, Eric Hubber, Joi Cardwell, Crystal Waters, Hex Hector, Will Downing and Maurice Joshua.

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