Chuck Brown, speaking at the Washington National Cathedral in 2010. Brown passed Wednesday at the age of 75.
Chuck Brown, known as the "Godfather of Go-Go," a style of percussion-heavy funk pioneered in Washington, D.C., died Wednesday. His death was reported by The Washington Post, quoting his manager, and other local outlets confirmed his death with family members.
Brown had been hospitalized for pneumonia. He was 75.
As the Post notes, Brown's signature was a gravelly voice that "capitalized on funk's percussive pulse to create go-go."
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