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Chris McKoy
(January 5, 1971 - December 29, 2001) U.K.

Chris McKoy

DJ, and record producer

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McKoy's father was a music producer who built reggae sound systems and took Chris McKoy around the country from the age of five.

At the start of his career as a DJ he used the name Dr. Funk. When he was 21 he was one of the people behind Vox in Brixton, London, which became Europe's biggest black gay club. He introduced black music to the mainstream gay club scene in a new way, and brought black gay club music out of the shadows.

He was co-promoter and DJ at Lowdown, and this led to the Off The Hook, London's seminal black gay club, at The Velvet Room on Charing Cross Road, London. He also held residences at Trade, Heaven, The Emporium, and Raw, as well as smaller clubs.

He produced house music with Kinky Roland and reggae music with his father in Britain and in Jamaica. He was developing an international reputation and had started performing or had been booked at venues in Europe, the USA, Australia, and Japan. He was due to play at the New Year's Eve party in the Palace in West Hollywood, but he died in Amsterdam when he drowned after falling into a canal.

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Source: The Knitting Circle, U.K. - http://www.sbu.ac.uk/stafflag/people.html

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