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Died On This Date (May 16, 2012) Chuck Brown / The Godfather Of Go-Go

Posted by themusicsover on May 16, 2012

Chuck Brown
August 22, 1936 – May 16, 2012

Chuck Brown was an influential American guitarist, singer and songwriter who is largely credited for creating go-go, an offshoot of funk that popped up in Washington DC during the mid ’70s.  What separates go-go from all the rest is its use of call-and-response, wild street percussion, and long jams.  Brown got his start playing with Jerry Butler during the early ’60s.  Before he knew it, he was working solo and putting out a string of hits that included “I Need Some Money” and “Bustin’ Loose,” which is used by MLB’s Washington Nationals to celebrate their home runs.  Brown went on to record the theme song for The Sinbad Show during the mid ’90s.  In recent years, much of his music has reached younger audiences by way of sampling – Nelly’s 2002 #1 hit, “Hot In Here” contains a portion of “Bustin’ Loose.”  In 2010, Brown was nominated for his first Grammy for the song, “Love.”  He has been cited as a direct influence on such go-go legends as Trouble Funk and EU and is so beloved by his hometown of Washington DC, that they named a street after him – Chuck Brown Way.  Chuck Brown was 75 when he passed away on May 16, 2012.

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