"Godfather Of Go-Go" Chuck Brown Dies At 75

The Washington, D.C. legend passed away on Wednesday.

Chuck Brown, credited with the creation of go-go, died on Wednesday (May 16).

Brown's manager confirmed that the bandleader died from complications from sepsis, reports the Washington PostBrown had been hospitalized for pneumonia.

Regarded as the "Godfather of Go-Go," Brown was credited with creating the sub-genre of funk in the mid-1970s, which became wildly popular in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area.

The call-and-response brand of funk has fused with Hip Hop in recent years, with many D.C. go-go artists covering songs by various Hip Hop acts. The name of the genre, according to Brown, came from the fact that "the music just goes and goes."

Washington, D.C. emcee Wale took to Twitter to pay his respects to the fallen legend:

RIP to the Legend ...Chuck Brown. u will be missed worldwide. #dcornothing
May 16 via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

Brown was 75 years old.


  • achpe

    RIPCB!!!!!!!!!! The Best to ever do it on the DC Go Go scene. It will be a hole in the city's heart from now to eternity. WE Love You!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the music and your soul.

  • dazeone

    Bustin Loose was the jawn from 79 until now RIP from Philly Daonna Summer now this WTF

  • Anonymous

    Who? Yo, get this old head off my screen.

    • Anonymous is a FUCK BOY!!

      You are what your screen name is ( Anonymous),so your opinion doesn't matter fuck boy!!!

  • 650

    Rest In Paradise Chuck...we'll stay missing at those Ledgenary GO GO venues like Wilma Park The Black Hole Barry Farms Cherries Howard Theater RFK Emory Park

  • GO GO Fan...

    People in Hip Hop been sampling him for years... RIP TO THE GODFATHER OF GO GO...CHUCK BROWN.

  • Old School Hip Hop 4 Life

    RIP to THE LEGEND THE GREAT CHUCK BROWN... THE GODFATHER OF GO GO MUSIC... If you don't know who he is, U better do your homework.... Let'em know Wale!!!

  • Zordon

    rip. never been big on go go, the only go go i care about is go go power rangers but its never good to hear about the passing of a pioneer.

  • Anonymous

    R.I.P. to a legend. I don't know nothing about Go-Go except for him and DJ Kool, but I respect him and D.C.

  • dentaldamboy

    RIP to a legend. It sucks that as you get older you become cognizant of how many pioneers the world loses every year.

  • Killem Dafoe

    R.I.P. Chuck Brown. I don't even fuck with go-go like that(there were a few songs I did like) but i show respect to the man who invented it. My condolences go to your family. Word up!

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