WASHINGTON -- Chuck Brown, the legendary Godfather of Go-Go has died.
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The news of Brown's death circulated around the nation's capital Wednesday afternoon. The local D.C. musical giant, born in Gaston, N.C., and known for his group's 1979 chart-topping hit "Bustin' Loose," was 75.
Earlier this month, Brown's family revealed that he had pneumonia. He had canceled a planned performance at the newly reopened Howard Theatre in April due to health concerns.
According to the Associated Press, Brown died at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore.
From The Washington Post's obituary:
Like a DJ blending records, Mr. Brown used nonstop percussion to stitch songs together and keep the crowd on the dance floor, resulting in marathon performances that went deep into the night. Mr. Brown said the style got its name because “the music just goes and goes.”
My favorite quote was from NPR: "The name Chuck Brown might not mean a whole lot to people outside the Washington, D.C., area. That would be their loss."