Go-Go Titan Chuck Brown Dies at 75

Washington, D.C. is known for being the birthplace of straight-edge, emo and plenty of punk-related musical subgenres, but today the District lost what might have been one of its most accomplished musical visionaries and he wasn’t a punk rocker.

Chuck Brown, known affectionately as the “Godfather of Go-Go,” was at the forefront of Washington’s bustling go-go scene, which pumped out super-charged funk music. Brown died today at Baltimore hospital due to complications from pneumonia. 

Go-go became so popular in D.C. that the Washington Nationals use Brown’s “Bustin’ Loose” whenever the team scores a home run and Nelly sampled the song in his inescapable 2002 hit “Hot in Herre.”

“No single type of music has been more identified with Washington than go-go, and no one has loomed so large within it as Chuck Brown,” the Washington Post wrote in 2001.

Brown had recently been hospitalized for pneumonia, leading to rumors of his death last week. His family disputed them at the time, but today Brown’s manager confirmed that the legendary singer and guitarist had passed away.

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