Chuck Brown, The Godfather of Go-Go, Dead At 75

[photogallerylink id=80744 align=right] Chuck Brown, the legendary “Godfather of Go-Go” died Wednesday. He died of multiple organ failure at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, his management confirmed to WPGC Radio.

The 75-year-old singer had postponed all of his tour days and was hospitalized with pneumonia in recent weeks. He entered the hospital on April 18.

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Brown was a pioneer in the D.C. music scene and brought go-go into the national spotlight with his 1970-s hit, “Bustin’ Loose.”

Brown’s musical influence extended far beyond the boundaries of the nation’s capital. His songs were sampled by some of music’s biggest names including Nelly who sampled the singer for his 2002 number one hit “Hot in Herre.”

In 2010, Brown’s single “Love,” which featured Jill Scott and Marcus Miller, earned the singer his first Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals. (Watch DJ Flexx’s Interview With Chuck Here).

An official statement issued this afternoon from the Brown Family’s Facebook page:

“The Brown family would like to thank everyone for their love and support over the years. We know that Chuck’s legacy will live on through all of you who have supported him and his creation of Go-Go. His passion, inspiration and drive have always come from his family and fans. He would have wanted all of his fans to know that they meant the world to him and none of his success was possible without them. God bless.”

The WPGC Family extends our deepest sympathy to the Brown family – and Chuck’s millions of fans around the world. He was a class act, onstage and off.

Rest in peace, brother. God Bless.

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  • Pam

    My prayers go out to the Brown family.

  • Judah Isreal

    All District of Columbia Goverment buildings should fly their flags at half-mast for Chuck Brown. New Jersey did it for Whitney.

    • Judah Isreal (@JudahIsreal)

      DC goverment put flags at half-mast for Chuck Brown. He deserves it.

      • Judah Isreal (@JudahIsreal)

        Put flags at half mast for Chuck Brown.

  • Darryll W.

    Went to Deron Cloud church tonight Forrestville, Md. for the Chuck Brown Remember Block party and it was in the inside and at capacity and we got turn away….we love you Chuck!

  • Passion

    CHUCK, I LOVED YOU LIKE YOU WERE MY FATHER…REAL TALK….I tried not to miss one of your shows b/c you were a true stress reliever for me….My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and fans…You will be truly, truly missed….I don’t know nobody else out here like you, CHUCK….

  • Mike Eiland

    Flags at half-mast. That’s huge. Glad to know that. I’m from Columbus, OH but do know how big and important Chuck Brown’s music is to D.C.. I bought the music here in Columbus thanks to listening to many out-of-town stations late at night on AM radio in the 70s. Mesmerizing music! I had to special-order the records because no radio stations or record shops knew Chuck Brown or the music. I’m listening to the first single I bought (by the Soul Searchers) in 1973, “If It Ain’t Funky” right now. Like someone posted elsewhere…heaven just got a little funkier.

  • Cindy McDonald

    Thank You Chuck Brown for Your gift of music and for Saving so many lives of My generation, and for working with Me and Many Others to get Go-Go Music Back on the Radio! May You Forever Rest in Peace!

  • Ralphi Sauls

    This afternoon while driving home, I heard the report that Brother Chuck Brown, “The Godfather of Go-Go” had passed away at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. He was 75 years old.
    I have lived here in Washington, DC since 10 August 1978, and I remeber everything since then like it all happened yesterday. The only thing that I honestly cannot remember is a Howard U Yard Party, an HU Valley Party, a… President’s cookout, a cookout at a friends home in the DC/MD/VA area without hearing Chuck Brown’s music. I cannot remember a summer without going to at least 2 concert every summer where Brother Chuck was performing.
    When I heard that Chuck Brown had passed away, I had immediately turned my radio to WPGC and WKYS. On PGC, DJ Flexx had Chcuk cranked FOR REAL!! So as I drove into DC, I cranked my radio up on full-blaast and just drove around the city for a while, letting the good Go-Go do what it do to a Bruh! Bobbin my head to that Go-Go beat. Then it hit me: I won’t see Chuck this summer! I cried as if my father or favorite uncle had just passed.
    To me the loss of Brother Chuck Brown was like losing a favorite Uncle just before the summer and the family cookouts, or family reunion that we all would wait for anxiously. He was the Uncle that everyone looked forward to seeing because he always brought something wonderful for all of us to enjoy. What that Uncle always brought to the picnic table left everyone pleased and asking for seconds. And when that incomparable treat that he lovingly prepared and shared with us was all gone, all we could do was just wait for the next picnic, or next summer’s family reunion. “Uncle Chuck” brought that Go-Go Swing to the picnic, to the family reunion, to the pool party, to the Yard Party, to the Valley Party every summer for 34 years of my life. I am having a hard time with the reality that he is gone now. Sure we have his recordings, but for someone that seen him every summer over 34 years, it could NEVER be the same. Sure someone else can take his recipe and try to prepare the dish, but they could NEVER serve that good Go-Go up like Uncle Chuck! Rest In Peace, Chuck. We love you madly!

    • Judah Isreal

      Nice tribute!!!!!

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