He started mixing beats in the New York underground, rising through gay clubs to launch a sound that took over the world — and became a genre all its own. As the Rolling Stone tribute notes, most musical genres evolved, with specific starting points hard to pin down. Not so electronic dance music; EDM began with Frankie Knuckles. House music took its name from the late 70s, early 80s members-only Chicago joint, the Warehouse, where Knuckles’ beats reached a pinnacle. He worked with Michael Jackson and Chaka Khan, and influenced several generations of hit-makers and club-goers. Dance on, Frankie.
Source: Rolling Stone