The Washington Post reported yesterday that Chuck Brown, the guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer credited as “The Godfather of Go-Go,” died yesterday due to complications from pneumonia. He was 75.
We lose yet another originator & legend in Soul. R.I.P Chuck Brown…Go-Go music will forever live on.
Brown’s musical career began in the 1960s playing guitar with Jerry Butler and The Earls of Rhythm, joining Los Latinos in 1965. At the time of his death he was still performing music today and was well known in the Washington, DC area. Brown’s early hits include “I Need Some Money” and “Bustin’ Loose“. “Bustin’ Loose” has been adopted by the Washington Nationals baseball team as its home run celebration song, and was interpolated by Nelly for his 2002 number one hit “Hot in Herre.” Brown also recorded go-go covers of early jazz and blues songs, such as “Go-Go Swing” Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing If Ain’t Got That Swing“, “Moody’s Mood for Love”, Johnny Mercer’s “Midnight Sun“, Louis Jordan’s “Run Joe”, and T-Bone Walker’s“Stormy Monday”.
R.I.P CHUCK BROWN WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!!
— Mike Epps (@TheRealMikeEpps) May 16, 2012
Still f’d up over Chuck Brown passing. He was the true meaning of innovator. R.I.P. — Big Daddy Kane (@officialbdk) May 17, 2012
Rest in Peace to the GodFather of Go-Go…The King Of DC….Rest in Peace Chuck Brown #BustinLooseForever
— 9th Wonder (@9thWonderMusic) May 16, 2012
My thoughts are with my people in the DMV tonight. It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that go-go swing … #chuckbrownRIP
— Nicolay (@nicolaymusic) May 17, 2012