The 44th President of the United States Barack Obama has released a special video message to the “househeads” of his previous home city of Chicago, Giving credit to the members of the Chosen Few DJs and the city’s important role in the birth and development of house music in the United States.
In 1990, Chosen Few member Kim Parham suggested the first-ever Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic, a tradition now twenty years in the making. The picnic was initially a reunion of old friends and family members, but has since grown into one of the largest, most highly anticipated house music events in the world. Attendees include other renowned DJs in addition to the Chosen Few.
“In the late 1970s and early 1980s, a group of popular DJs from Chicago’s south side — Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders, Alan King, Tony Hatchett and Andre Hatchett — played their unique brand of soulful dance music to huge crowds in packed basements, high school cafeterias and legendary nightspots, including Sauer’s, the Tree of Life, First Impressions and the Loft, a club of historic importance in the birth and development of house music. Along with a handful of other legendary DJs including Frankie Knuckles at the Warehouse, Ron Hardy at the Music Box and Lil’ Louis on the west side of Chicago, the Chosen Few were the DJs primarily responsible during this period for popularizing the underground dance music that came to be known as house music.”