Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Chuck Brown Has Died

DC icon, the Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown, has just died.  There have been rumors and not many facts for about a month as he recuperated in the hospital, but now an era ends.

The Post:
Chuck Brown, who styled a unique brand of funk music as a singer, guitarist and songwriter known as the “godfather of go-go,” has died after suffering from pneumonia. He was 75.

Brown died Wednesday at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. Hospital spokesman Gary Stephenson confirmed he had died after a hospital stay that began April 18.

Thanks to Brown, go-go music was uniquely identified with Washington.

Musician Chuck Brown, who styled go-go music from the nation’s capital dead at 75
The Post also has a nice series of photographs HERE

Saw him at the Strathmore a year or so ago, amazing show, go-go is relentless -- there is no pause between songs -- and Chuck was timeless up there, rocking that one foot back and forth, smiling out at the people, singing with a resonant growl while he stood off to one side of the stage popping that Gibson semi-hollowbody, letting the younger performers take their turn but always dominating with poise and charisma.  Chuck Brown's death changes the landscape of Washington-area music significantly.

Tell you what, let's not argue about politics and gay people in the comments, if you want to talk about music let's do that today.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

WJLA started their 6 PM news with this sad story. Chuck Brown will be sorely missed.

Nice videos about DC's loss

May 16, 2012 6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Chuck Brown singing with the orchestra"

May 16, 2012 6:32 PM  
Blogger JimK said...

Wind me up, Chuck

May 16, 2012 8:11 PM  

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