Chuck Brown Dead at 75

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Chuck Brown, a musician known as the "Godfather of Go-Go," has died.

The Washington, D.C. musical giant, born in Gaston, N.C., and perhaps best known for his group's 1979 chart-topping hit "Bustin' Loose," was 75.

Earlier this month, Chuck Brown's family revealed that he had pneumonia. He canceled a planned performance in April due to health concerns.

Chuck Brown

According to the AP, Brown was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. From The Washington Post's obituary:

"Known as the 'Godfather of Go-Go,' the singer, guitarist and songwriter developed his commanding brand of funk in the mid-'70s to compete with the dominance of disco."

"Like a DJ blending records, Mr. Brown used nonstop percussion to stitch songs together and keep the crowd on the dance floor, resulting in marathon performances."

"Mr. Brown said the style got its name because “the music just goes and goes.”

As NPR reported, "the name Chuck Brown might not mean a whole lot to people outside the Washington, D.C., area. That would be their loss." R.I.P.

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