Arts Desk

Chuck Brown Has Died

Go-go legend Chuck Brown has died, his daughter has confirmed to Washington City Paper. Brown was hospitalized earlier this spring and diagnosed with pneumonia.

With songs like “Go-Go Swing,” “We Need Some Money,” and especially “Bustin’ Loose”—which sat atop Billboard’s R&B charts for four weeks in 1979—Brown and his band the Soul Searchers laid the groundwork for D.C.’s homegrown sound. He inspired several generations of bands, from Rare Essence and E.U. and Trouble Funk to the Junk Yard Band to young practitioners like TCB and XIB, in whose hands go-go remains a vibrant genre. He was for years D.C.’s largest-looming living legend, a figure who made opinion fact: He gave Washington its moves. He was 75.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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Comments

  1. #1

    RIP to a DC legend!!!!!

  2. #2

    A real DC icon gone. He will be missed.

  3. tawny long gross
    #3

    RIP CHUCK BROWN, YOUR MUSIC WILL GO ON.
    MY GODFATHER OF GO/GO

  4. #4

    CHUCK U WILL BE TRUELY MISSED STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART. SHINE UR LIGHT DOWN ON US AS WE MOVE TO UR GROOVE BECAUSE UR MUSIC WILL LIVE ON FOREVER. ONE LOVE

  5. Wendell R. Bates
    #5

    R.I.P. Chuck,
    I spent a number of vital years as the
    Promotion Dirsctor for Sussex Records where Chuck
    Brown and the Soul Searchers were one of our top
    artist on the label. The label was owned by
    Clarence Avant and also had Bill Withers, Gallery
    and Dennis Coffey during the same time,
    I admire Chuck,s ability to create a new
    style of music and always being based in the
    city of Washington, DC

    Wendell R. Bates

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