Frankie Knuckles, a legend in the world of dance music and one of the inventors of house music, a steady, beat-driven style played in nightclubs all over the world, died unexpectedly at his Chicago home on Monday. He was 59.
By the mid-1990s, house music was so mainstream that one of his songs was played in a commercial for Lipton Iced Tea.
Knuckles, born Francis Nicholls in the Bronx, started in the dance music underground and his signature sets were not about explosive non-stop energy. He structured them, he once said, like stories with internal logic and a certain moody momentum.