Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Chuck Brown (August 22, 1936 – May 16, 2012)

Legendary Chuck Brown of Chuck Brown and the Soul Searcher passed away due to pneumonia and multiple organ failure. He was known as “the Godfather of Go-go. The Go-go originated in the Washington, D.C. area in the 1970s it is the subgenre of funk music. I was fortunate to see Chuck Brown live in person, when I was visiting the Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C. area in 1983. I remember the days of the house parties, if you wanted to get the party started put on a Chuck Brown song. Nelly used the music from Chuck Brown’s “Bustin Loose” song, on his number one hit song “Hot in Here”. Chuck Brown was funky. His songs “Bustin Loose”, “Funky”, “It Don’t Mean A Thing” and “Go-go” will always be his trade mark. I also liked the song “Misty”. He put his Go-go swing style on it. Chuck Brown influenced other Go- go bands like Big G and The Backyard Band, Rare Essence, Experience Unlimited, Little Benny and the Masters, and Trouble Funk. In 2009, T Street in Northwest Washington, DC was renamed “Chuck Brown Way”. Chuck Brown will always be the one and only Godfather of the Go- go, he will be missed, but his funky Go-go style of music will live on through the bands that he has influenced. R.I.P Chuck Brown!


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