Frankie Knuckles, known worldwide as the “godfather of house music,” died on Monday at the age of 59. The Chicago Tribune has published a loving tribute to the man who made Chicago the epicenter of modern dance music:

He championed house music that wasn’t just about rhythm, but that embraced humanism and dignified struggle. It was in keeping with his belief that the dancefloor was a safe haven for the gay, African-American and Hispanic communities that first embraced him. ‘God has a place on the dancefloor,’ he once told the Tribune. ‘We wouldn’t have all the things we have if it wasn’t for God. We wouldn’t have the one thing that keeps us sane – music. It’s the one thing that calms people down. Even when they’re hopping up and down in a frenzy on the dancefloor, it still has their spirits calm because they’re concentrating on having a good time, loving the music, as opposed to thinking about something negative. I think dancing is one of the best things anyone can do for themselves. And it doesn’t cost anything.’

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