In news that will surely rock the Nation’s Capital to the core, the “Godfather of Go-Go” Chuck Brown has died today after battling complications from pneumonia. Chuck Brown’s daughter confirmed the death of her father to Washington ABC affiliate WJLA news reporter Sam Ford.
Although reports are a bit scant at this time, Chuck Brown had been hospitalized with pneumonia for the past two months, leading to cancellation of shows and other public appearances as reported by the Washington Post. Rumors swirled around that Brown had passed earlier in the year, although his family and management debunked the claims.
Chuck Brown made a name for himself in the 70s with the smash hit “Bustin’ Loose” and effectively birthing a new genre in Go-Go music. Largely native to the Washington Metro area, Go-Go music is a byproduct of funk and soul backed by African rhythms, call-and-response chants and dances tailored made for the music. Brown was infamous for his “Wind Me Up, Chuck” routine and his hefty baritone voice was both melodic and confident.
Chuck Brown was a favorite of Washingtonians, enjoying popularity in the city and abroad that continued on for decades. The Godfather is considered by many to be Washington musical royalty, and his loss leaves behind a legacy of hits and thousands of mourning fans who grew up with his music.
Rest In Power, Chuck Brown.
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