Chuck Brown, the legendary musician also known as “The Godfather of Go-Go”, died Wednesday following a bout of pneumonia. He was 75.
Brown is often cited as the founding force behind the funky sub-genre and credited with the creation of go-go, which originated in Washington, D.C., during the 1960s and 1970s blending funk, R&B and early hip-hop. One of his earliest hits, “Bustin’ Loose”, is perhaps Brown’s most well-known creation taken from his third album, also titled Bustin’ Loose, which was released in 1979.
A seasoned performer, Brown continued making music and performing until his health wouldn’t allow, having earned his first Grammy Award nomination in 2010 for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for “Love” with Jill Scott and Marcus Miller, thirty-eight years after the release of his debut album.
Check out a clip below of the Go-Go Godfather discussing “Bustin’ Loose” as well as performance video from 2011. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fans.
Chuck Brown Speaks on His Hit “Bustin’ Loose”
Video Performance of Chuck Brown from September 2011