Chuck Brown, known to the world as the “Godfather of Go-Go” has died at the age of 75. Brown died Wednesday at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He had contracted pnemonia while being hospitalized earlier this month. Brown’s daughter Cookie Whiting said funeral arrangements are underway.
Chuck “Chuck Baby” Brown’s unique style started in the 1960′s and exceeded all genres from r &b, hip hop, jazz, funk to salsa music. He covered r & b, jazz, blues, hip hop and gave all songs a new meaning. He played all songs for nearly one hour a piece. Brown called it “Go-Go because it would not stop.” Brown traded in five cartons of cigarettes for a guitar while in jail and taught himself how to play. And the rest, is “go-go” history.
Brown headlined concerts all across the DMV (DC, Maryland and Virginia) and the world with his non-stop “go-go” style. There were no afterparties following a Chuck Brown concert because his performance was a “before and after party.” His concerts were packed and standing room only.
One of my most memorable moments of Chuck Brown is when he invited me on stage to dance at his last concert in Richmond on February 11, 2012. He supported many causes for the people especially those living with Sickle Cell Disease.
Brown is known for his chart topper “Bustin Loose” in the 1970′s with the Soul Searchers. Brown graced us with hits like “Wind Me Up Chuck” “Run Joe” “Go-Go- Swing” “Money” “Block Party” “It’s Love with Jill Scott” and he won a grammy for that duet. Also, cover hits like “Family Affair” “Moody’s Mood for Love” “Playing Your Game Baby” and host of others.
Ladies and gentlemen please enjoy what would have been his final interview with me and performance in Richmond. We interviewed on February 1, 2012.
Heaven sent for his angel, R.I.P Chuck Brown