The dance world was in mourning yesterday after the news about Frankie Knuckles' untimely passing — although the love shown towards the house music pioneer on social media was immense.
Tributes poured in from all corners of the industry, with many DJs tweeting their respects or posting tribute messages on Facebook. Radio playlists were altered to include Knuckles tracks, Channel Four News and ITN News in the UK ran a big story on Frankie, and UK newspaper The Independent put him on their front page — he was THAT important.
Now a Facebook campaign has started to try to get 'Your Love', the track Frankie Knuckles did with Jamie Principle, to No.1 in the UK — as well as in other territories — as a tribute to the great man. The page has quickly amassed over 20,000 'Likes', and at the time of writing 'Your Love' stood at No.12 in the UK chart.
'Your Love' is perhaps the most well-known of Frankie's tracks. Produced by Knuckles in the mid-'80s, the Jamie Principle song was a track he played consistently at The Warehouse in Chicago in the early '80s in its earlier incarnation.
The track was dropped at many an early house music event, inevitably received rapturously, and it would go on to form the basis of 'You Got The Love' by The Source featuring Candi Staton. 'Your Love' was covered by acts as diverse as Ralph Lawson's 2020 Soundsystem, Friendly Fires and Cicada, and sampled by Hercules & Love Affair and Animal Collective.
A link to 'Your Love', counting towards the UK chart, is here