He actually is one of the most prominent figures in House music. Actually, that's why its called House, because of the sounds Frankie Knuckles threw down at Chicago's "The Warehouse". Tribal, acid are later evolutions of the original House sound, then somewhere along in there, techno came along as a more Euro derivative. Frankie used to spin in NYC with his friend Larry Levan - the creative genius who is responsible for the Garage sound and catapulted Paradise Garage into Legendary Status. Frankie was a genius and every Gay man on earth has danced to his hits, whether they new it or not. Long live Frankie!