[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.
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.