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Farley "Jackmaster" Funk

Related: house music - Chicago house music - Hot Mix 5 - "Love Can't Turn Around" - American music


Keith Farley (born January 25, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois) is a DJ and producer of Chicago house music. He is notable for producing a number of classic tracks in the mid- and late-1980s. He has recorded and performed under the aliases Farley Keith, Rude Boy Farley Keith, Farley Funkin' Keith, and Farley Jackmaster Funk.

Farley got his start in the music business in 1981 as a member of the Hot Mix 5, a DJ team at WBMX-FM in Chicago. He was a guest DJ at The Warehouse nightclub, and was a resident DJ at The Playground, which later became The Candy Store and later La Mirage.

Farley began recording in 1983 with his debut single "Aw Shucks", followed by "I Like Percussion" which was a track that featured samples by Kraftwerk, Scat Brothers and First Choice.

Farley created his first house music productions in 1984. His roommate at the time, Steve 'Jack Master Silk' Hurley, had produced a cover of "I Can't Turn Around" by Isaac Hayes, which sold well in the Chicago area. Before Hurley could arrange to have the record licensed for overseas distribution, Farley managed to attach his own name to a European release of a very slightly altered version of Hurley's track. The new version, "Love Can't Turn Around" by Farley Jackmaster Funk (vocals by Darryl Pandy), which charted highly in Britain, reaching number 10 in 1986.

Also in 1984 Farley recorded what proved to be an influential Chicago house track, "Funkin with the Drums" on the House Records label.

In 1985, Farley's single "Jack the Bass" ushered in the highly popular "jacking" dance craze in Chicago house. Also influential in 1985 was "Funkin' with the Drums Again", followed in 1986 by "Give Yourself to Me" with vocals by Kevin "Jack N House" Irving and Darryl Pandy. These recordings were released through Trax Records label.

Farley also did some remixing and editing for DJ International Records in Chicago during this time, and he DJed and performed at many parties in the Chicago suburbs, helping to spread the music throughout Chicagoland.

Farley had several other follow-up hits during the late 1980s, including "Jack My Body", "Hey Norton", "The Trax U Lost", "It's You" with vocals by Ricky Dillard, and most notably, the Chicago house theme "Housenation".

In 1990, after becoming a born-again Christian, he grew tired of house music and began producing hip hop. However, he returned to house by the mid-1990s, and by the late-1990s began to enjoy a fair amount of success as a global touring DJ. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farley_Jackmaster_Funk [Mar 2006]


Farley "Jackmaster" Funk was an original member of the Hot Mix 5, the eighties radio DJ-team that sparked the house music craze of the late eighties.

When a new style of music first cracks the pop charts, the hit is usually a deliberate crossover by an artist having little to do with the music's original pioneers. The first house single to reach the charts, however, was recorded by seminal Chicago DJ and producer, Farley Jackmaster Funk. His cover of Isaac Hayes' "Love Can't Turn Around" made the Top Ten in mid-1986 ironically, not in his home country but in the U.K. at the same time that he was one of the biggest names in Chicago house. Born in 1962, Farley began DJing while still a teenager. [...] - John Bush, almusic.com

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