Go-Go Legend Chuck Brown Dies
Chuck Brown, the guitarist and singer most associated with the Washington, D.C.-based genre go-go, died today after a long hospitalization. Brown, a monumental figure in the D.C. music scene for more than 30 years, died in Baltimore from sepsis after multiple organ failure, says his manager, Tom Goldfogle. Brown was 75 years old.
Before he became known as the Godfather of Go-Go, Brown played with local jazz and funk bands. He helped to inaugurate the genre with his own group, the Soul Searchers, whose „Bustin‘ Loose“ topped the R&B chart in 1979.
But go-go is mostly a live phenomenon, based around performances where one song segues directly into another over a syncopated, conga-driven groove, so nobody has time to stop dancing. Brown, who has received credit for naming the genre, worked call-and-response, another go-go signature, into songs like „Wind Me Up!“ and „Block Party.“ His shows were long and sweaty, and Brown continued to perform in packed D.C. clubs and around the world until earlier this year.
Official Biography :
“Decades before Juvenile told girls to Back That Azz Up, Chuck Brown was making them do it in DC clubs
with his own infectious sound” -Soren Baker, Vibe
Aﬀectionately known as the Godfather of Go Go, Chuck Brown created the Go Go sound. He combined Latin beats, African call and
response chants and American Jazz, throwing in a touch of soul with a continuous drumbeat. This nonstop dance music is and has been
a trademark of original creative music from the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., and has gained Chuck Brown worldwide fans.
Chuck Brown began his musical career in the early 60’s. His ﬁrst stage experience was with Jerry Butler and the Earls of Rhythm. Then
in 1965, he joined Los Latinos, whose syncopated backbeat enthralled him. This experience gave Chuck the conﬁdence to get out on his
own, incorporating all these styles into his band and introducing a sound unlike anything available at that time. “I got sick and tired of
watching people sitting around,” Chuck says “Disco was too fast-people didn’t want to get all sweaty, and they just sat down. So we cut
the beat in half.” Chuck called this new sound Go Go, “because it never stops.”
Chuck Brown exploded onto the scene in 1971 with his ﬁrst hit “We The People.” [read more]
Chuck Brown Tiny Desk Concert : Video