'Godfather of Go-Go' Chuck Brown dies at 75

Chuck Brown, who called a unique blend of funk, soul and Latin sounds to create a party go-go music in the capital, died after suffering from pneumonia. He was 75.

Brown, widely known as the "Godfather of go-go" for pioneering the sound, died on Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Hospital spokesman Gary Stephenson confirmed Brown died after a hospital stay, which began April 18.

Thanks to Brown and his deep, gravelly voice, go-go music is uniquely identified with Washington. It was there that he continued to play clubs in the city to a loyal audience at the end of life.

Mayor Vincent Gray said the capital would be a different place without him. Mournful musician fans were called on Wednesday evening at an impromptu candlelight vigil in Washington, where the sound of a truck to blow up a special Chuck Brown music mix to the crowd before the prayer session for him.

"Go-go's very own unique contribution, DC in the world of pop music," he said. "Today is a very sad day for music lovers around the world."

In 2007, Brown told Associated Press, that the go-go influenced sound and rapid strike, he heard an early age, growing up in North Carolina and Virginia, coupled with his experience after playing with a Latin band.

"Go-go is the music that goes on and on, and this call and response dialogue with the audience," said Brown.

Go-go was hard on the drums with drummers as a leading player, accented guitar riffs, keyboards and horns. Sometimes the band will play two or three hours without stopping. In between tunes, Brown will keep the inverter, shock, and will speak to the crowd.

Brown hit "Bustin 'Loose" with his band, the Soul Searchers, helped define the go-go in the sound. He spent several weeks at the top R & B chart in 1979. Rapper Nelly Brown later sample "Bustin" Loose "in 2002, his hit" Hot in Herre ", which won the Grammy Nelly.

Brown did not get a loan at first, although it "had to go through a law to get it right, but we knew when we heard the song, it's Chuck Brown," said Gregory "Sugar Bear" Elliot, lead singer of go-go group EU ( Experience Unlimited.)

In 2007, rapper Eve Brown's sample song, "Blow Your Whistle", her hit "Diamonds."

AP Brown said he admired such artists.

"Go-Go has a definite influence on rap because a lot of rap artists come to my shows," he said. "Some of them were students at Howard University. People like Puff Daddy, he was with us when he was a young student at Howard University."

Spike Lee, a fan of Brown, used go-go for his movie "School Daze".

"Chuck Brown will always be` Bustin 'Loose' - Godfather of Go-Go ", Lee said through a spokesman.

Elliot Brown said the father, since he was a teenager, when he aspired to be a rocker like Jimi Hendrix, but realized that he would not do it this way, as a young black man. When he saw Brown perform, he said that he "knew immediately" that he wanted to do.

"Chuck Brown is going to live forever. I want to make sure that" Elliott said. "When they see me, I want them to see the reflection of Chuck, because he inspired me so much."

He added: "go-go sound is still going strong."

When Brown was younger, he spent some time in jail. While behind bars, he was selling five cartons of cigarettes on his first guitar. After he was released in 1962, Brown played with several bands, and then formed a soul-seekers. In accordance with the terms of his parole, they could not play where alcohol is served, so they went to church, recreation halls and youth centers.

Brown's daughter, Cherita Whiting said that he died from complications of pneumonia and left too early.

"I just want to say to all my fans, thank you, to love our dad," she said. "He had the best fans in the world."

In the crack epidemic of the 1980s, violence in some clubs have suffered a reputation in the go-go. Brown said that "we can not blame The Go-Go for it", though.

Most recently, he said that he saw more grandparents in his show, with the audience between the ages of 18 and 60.

In 2005 he was appointed a member of the National Heritage National Endowment for the Arts.

Washington has always been his most loyal fans, Brown told AP, and he was happy to play here until the end of his life.

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