Best Go-Go Cause

Getting Chuck Brown Inducted

Chuck Brown invented a genre: As hip-hop historian Jeff Chang wrote, Brown has defined go-go for three generations of bands, and he’s the reason why hip-hop is still an afterthought in this town and live musicians dominate clubs. Kevin “Kato” Hammond, publisher of the Web site Take Me Out to the Go-Go (, told the San Francisco Bay Guardian that Brown is in a category all by himself: “As far as the younger generation, it’s to the point where people have their daily conversation of who cranks, and everyone always says, ‘Well, Chuck don’t count, he’s on another level. Talking about Chuck is like talking about Stevie Wonder, talking about Duke Ellington.’” He’s also a miracle worker of sorts. He gave Fenty some swing at his inaugural ball, made Lotto commercials less cheesy, and continues to make killer records. Oh, and the Godfather has held his own sharing the bill with the other Godfather. So why can’t the pioneer get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?