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Honorary street proposal for Chicago house music DJ Farley Jackmaster Funk

April 03, 2014|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco | RedEye

Chicago house music DJ and producer Farley "Jackmaster" Funk could get honored with his own street in the South Loop.

Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) introduced the honorary street proposal on Wednesday, days after the death of the "Godfather of House Music" Frankie Knuckles.

The northeast corner of 1300 block of South Michigan Avenue at East 14th Street would be designated as Farley Jackmaster Funk Way.

The Chicago native, born Farley Keith, hit Chicago airwaves in the early 80's as an original member of the "Hot Mix 5," a DJ coalition that played mix shows for now-defunct Oak Park-based radio station WBMX.

In 1987, Funk crossed the dial to WGCI, thus going solo. His 1984 house track "Funkin' With The Drums" is considered a classic in the Chicago house genre, and his flip of Issac Hayes' "I Can't Turn Around" (re-christened "Love Can't Turn Around") went all the way to No. 10 in the UK Singles chart back in 1988. Today, Funk still DJs all over the world.

Both Knuckles and "Hot Mix 5" have been honored with commemorative street signs in 2004 and 2008, respectively.

The honorary street proposal now will head to the City Council Committee on Transportation and Public Way for consideration.

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