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Remembering Go-Go Godfather Chuck Brown

Chuck Brown, the pioneer of the go-go sound that's unique to Washington and an integral part of the city's musical identity, died at 75 on Wednesday. We look back at Brown's life, his music and his influence.

The "Godfather of Go-Go"

Link: "Chuck Brown, 'Godfather Of Go-Go,' Dead At 75," wamu.org

Chuck Brown was a local musical institution. Known as the "Godfather of Go-Go," he was a local and national ambassador for D.C.'s unique brand of funk music. For a history primer on go-go, check out Kojo's segment "The Past, Present and Future of Go-Go Music."

In this interview with the National Visionary Leadership Project, Brown describes the unique percussive sound of go-go and his own musical evolution:

In 2010, Chuck Brown performed at NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Series.

A Chuck Brown Playlist

"We the People" (Soul Searchers)

"Bustin' Loose"

"Blow Your Whistle"

"Need Your Love So Bad" (Eva Cassidy with Chuck Brown)


"Moody's Mood"

"Chuck Baby"

"It Don't Mean a Thing"


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