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D.C. Reacts to Chuck Brown’s Death

The sad news of Chuck Brown's death spread quickly Wednesday afternoon. Here's some instant reactions.

From Raheem DeVaughn:

Backyard Band's Anwan "Big G" Glover:

Go-go musician and journalist Kato Hammond:

Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham:

Ward 2 D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans:

D.C. Council chairman Kwame Brown:

WAMU host Kojo Nnamdi:

Mayor Vince Gray:

Go-go is D.C.’s very own unique contribution to the world of pop music, and Chuck Brown was regarded as go-go’s creator and, arguably, its most legendary artist. Today is a very sad day for music lovers the world over, but especially in the District of Columbia. Without Chuck Brown, the world—and our city—will be a different place. What a loss! I am thankful that I had so many opportunities to witness Chuck’s singular talent in person, and I enjoyed each performance immensely. My heart, my thoughts and my prayers go out to his family.

Wire creator (and go-go fan) David Simon:

This man, who invented a musical genre and grooved so hard and for so long, is not yet in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. The Dave Clark Five, however, are comfortably settled in the shrine.

Argument enough to burn that motherfucker down to the Lake Erie waterline.

TCB Band:

Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton:

We are sorry to say that our friend and legend, Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go, passed away today. He was a truly amazing person and will be missed by countless friends and fans. Rob and I were blessed to meet him and spend time with him; we were awed by his presence. Rest in Peace Chuck.

Lionell Thomas, executive director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities:

The D.C. arts community mourns the passing of music icon, Chuck Brown. Chuck was a musical legend that helped shape the musical identity of this city. His music touched the lives of generations of Washingtonians, and he will forever be known as the Godfather of Go-Go. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

D.C. rapper Oddisee:

Ward 3 D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh:

Chuck Brown was the best kind of performer—one who will be remembered not only for the quality of his work, but also for his contributions to the community. His musical legacy will live on, not only in the District street bearing his name, or each time a home run is scored at Nationals Stadium, but in the hearts of the people of the District of Columbia who loved him so much. My thoughts are with his family at this time.

Non-D.C. rapper Common:

Junkyard Band:

Tabi Bonney:

Questlove, founder of The Roots:

MC Hammer:

Singer Jill Scott:

Beauty Pill:

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Comments

  1. #1

    real down to earth cat coolest cat on the plant 75 more yrs of gogo up top dmv we will miss you chuck gogo 4 life...

  2. #2

    R.I.P. Chuck. What you gave us will always be with us. The memories of the good party atmosphere you created for us, the love u gave us in every performance and the music of lyrics that touched the real soul. And the beat u created for us/DC; its ours. We love you for that Chuck. I know God said to you "well done". You performed for us up into the age of 70 and older, now thats a blessing! and you did it well!!! Our grandchildren and our greatgrand children will hear of you from us when we tell our story of our joy in our day. Much love and lots of respect. God bless the Brown family.
    PS: Who knows ur kids, grand or great grand children could carry on your legacy in WDC!!!!

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