The impact of Frankie Knuckles was widespread, and even reached world leaders like Barack Obama. In a letter posted to fellow DJ David Morales’ Facebook, Barack addressed the friends and family of the late Chicago house music legend:
This is fitting, since a young Senator Obama pushed to have the street that the legendary Warehouse in Chicago stood on named after Frankie Knuckles (Frankie Knuckles Way). In 2004, Barack Obama also declared that August 25 be known as Frankie Knuckles Day in Chicago. When it comes to house, Barack knows his shit.
Rest in peace, Frankie Knuckles (January 18, 1955 – March 31, 2014)