Francis Warren Nicholls, Jr. (January 18, 1955 – March 31, 2014), better known as Frankie Knuckles, was an American DJ, record producer and remixer. He played an important role in developing and popularising house music in Chicago during the 1980s, when the genre was in its infancy.
In 1997, Knuckles won the Grammy Award for Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical. Due to his importance in the development of the genre, Knuckles was often called "The Godfather of House Music".
Released on 24 May 2019, The Director’s Cut Collection was a fitting tribute to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Frankie’s passing whilst giving Eric Kupper a platform to tell his side of the creative story. Within a multitude of classic reworks, highlights include a previously unreleased version of Ashford & Simpson’s Bourgie Bourgie and a huge Director’s Cut Retro Signature mix of Marshall Jefferson’s The House Music Anthem (Move Your Body) featuring Curtis McClain.